More cracks in the dam

Now that there have been demonstrations of unlocked iPhones, the technology entrepreneur community in the USoA has begun to question the DMCA. I found it interesting that even more people are trying to define a narrower interpretation of the law:

Problem is, it could be argued that, in reality, the lock only protects access to a carrier's communications network—and communications services aren't copyrightable under the Act, explains Jane Ginsburg, professor of literary and artistic property law at Columbia Law School. "This law was written for DVDs and video games," she explains. "What's going on here is using the Copyright Act to achieve another objective."

It seems to me that many of those who profit from technology in the US are starting to see how this legislated was extremely near-sighted. Perhaps if they come to their senses quick enough, control can be wrested from the narrow cartels which lobbied for the DMCA.

My concern, as a Canadian, is that anticipated legislation in Canada will follow the mode and spirit of 1998, rather than 2007. The recent cam-cordering and other changes seem to point to ten years ago, rather than the current reality.

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Broken record..

I know I sound like a broken record, but we are going to get the 1994/1995 (National Information Infrastructure Task Force) view of the world in Canada, rather than a more modern 2007 view, unless we gently but firmly educate our elected members of parliament.

I have a few sample letters I have put on the site. If anyone has any better sample letters to put up, please let me know. Please write your MPs to ensure they are aware of your views, and aware that there are modern views quite different from the anti-new-technology views from the incumbents in the early 1990's.


Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) consultant.

Educating beyond the 'community'

Fair enough... I agree more people who understand the problem need to voice their concerns to their Member. But... Are there enough people in this community for Parliament to perceive something more than a fringe group? Motivating and educating the silent majority needs to be just as big a priority.

Agreed, but how..

I think we should always make as many suggestions as we can think of on how to reach that "silent majority". I'm excited whenever I can manage to get the issue in mainstream media. The article this evening in IT World Canada with the focus on property rights may help tweak some silent people into action.


Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) consultant.