Globe and Mail on online fears

The Globe and Mail has an article by Ivor Tossell in which he tells us what he's afraid of online.

One section is "The copyright meltdown". It's a little vague - he's certainly afraid of C-61-like-legislation, but I'm not too clear on what he'd prefer to see. What I found interesting, though, is that he doesn't connect it to his first section "The approaching muzzle" on censorship.

We've seen copyright used increasingly to censor - be it the government refusing permission to use crown-copyrighted photos, media companies sending DMCA takedown notices to US campaign offices, or J.K.Rowling preventing the publication of other people's books (yes, the goal of that last one isn't to censor, but to stifle competition, but the effect is still to prevent the publication of a book). Add to that the fact that vast quantities of our culture will disappear completely when the DRM servers are turned off for some reason or when the last machine that knows teh encryption keys breaks down, and you have my own fears for my kids' future. Copyright should be about encouraging the creation of cultural works and should never be used to censor or to make content disappear.