Canadians: 2 weeks left to tell Parliament how you feel about the Canadian DMCA!

Michael Geist sez, "Last month, the Bill C-32 Legislative Committee invited Canadians to provide their views on the bill. Even if you have spoken out before - an email or letter to your MP, a letter to the Ministers, a submission to the copyright consultation, or a posting online - it is important to speak out again. Make sure the committee studying Bill C-32 hear from Canadians about the importance of maintaining a fair approach that does not result in digital locks trumping consumer rights and that advances fair dealing for the benefit of creators, consumers, education, and business. The Committee has set the following parameters: 'In order for briefs on Bill C-32 to be considered by the Committee in a timely fashion, the document should be submitted to the Committee's mailbox at CC32@parl.gc.ca by the end of January, 2011. A brief which is longer than 5 pages should be accompanied by a 1 page executive summary and in any event should not exceed 10 pages in length.'"

Speak Out on Copyright: The Bill C-32 Edition

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  1. I tried emailing, and all I got back was a form letter saying “Thank you for interest in copyright reform, blah blah, our bill is going to be the greatest thing in the world because it’s so good for artists and consumers alike blah blah”, completely ignoring the content of my letter saying exactly how it’s bad for artists and consumers. I gather no one reads those letters.

    Plus, I ended up getting a bunch of spam from other politicians, which I should really report to the CRTC as breaches of my privacy, as I didn’t tell them they could give my address out to all their buddies to spam me.

  2. One important thing that I feel people should address in their submissions is that regardless of what decision is made in regards to digital locks, the policies need to be re-evaluated every 2-3 years. The DMCA allows that, and that has led to some positive changes in the past year in regards to the fair use recognition of jailbreaking. If C-32 is intended to be a DMCA clone, then its limited versatility needs to be carried over as well.

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