Here at Search Engine we've been on the phone with Minister Prentice's and Minister Verner's offices, holding them to their promises that they would answer questions about the Copyright bill once it's out. Fingers crossed!Here are my questions, based on listening to the Minister weasel when asked them earlier:
We're hoping Boing Boing readers can assist the CBC in collecting questions for the Minister(s). Specifically, we want to get beyond the angry emotions and pose practical questions.
Here's the form all questions should take:
"What if I _______: Will the new bill make me a criminal?"
* What if I remove the DRM from a public domain work?
* What if I remove DRM from copyrighted works that I created?
* What if I remove the DRM from a crippled CD in order to load it onto my iPod?
* What if I help a blind person remove the DRM from a crippled ebook?
* What if a blind person gives another blind person a copy of her cracked ebook?
* What if a blind person gives another blind person a tool that can be used to crack ebooks?
And here's two important ones that don't follow Jesse's template (if you ask me, these are the most important questions to get answers to from the Minister):
1. Don't we pay Parliament to make our laws? How come DRM companies and entertainment companies get to invent any copyright law they want (in the form of DRM) and enforce it using our cops? Isn't coming up with rules about what copyright does and doesn't allow your job?
2. Do you really think that Canadians are going to stop putting videos on YouTube, breaking DRM from their DVDs, enjoying region-free players, etc, just because you've passed this dumb law? What will happen to the public's respect for copyright law once every voter realises that you've just turned her into a criminal, just for watching the DVDs she bought on her iPod? How will you protect Canadians from selective enforcement and vindictive prosecution (like the time the RIAA went after a college kid who'd contributed code to a search engine that could find MP3s on the campus net, busting him for the MP3s on his hard drive, and demanding that he switch majors and stop programming computers as a condition of his settlement)?
Link (Thanks, Jesse!)
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