Copyright shift format

Today's globe and mail has an editorial on Bill C-61 which is critical of the bill, but not nearly critical enough. Here is the reply I sent to the editor. I could have said much much more, but the likelihood of being printed and the length of the submission has a very strong inverse relationship.


In your August 18 editorial on Bill C-61 you say "Mr. Prentice is right that "format-shifting," copying for one's personal use from one technology to another, such as from DVD to iPod, should not be copyright infringement".

It is very interesting that you pick that example because section 29.21(1)(c) of bill C-61 makes that particular action an offense. There are in fact a great many private and commonly accepted activities that this bill threatens to make illegal.