Canada’s Bill C-32: Copyright that can stifle creativity

Until the end of January 2011, the Bill C-32 Legislative Committee is accepting public comments on the proposed bill. Their guidelines are:

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.

I recently sent the following letter to the Committee.

Citizen’s comments on Bill C-32

Straight to the point: The protections and advancements that Bill C-32 claims to make with regards to openness of media usage are all nullified by the digital lock sections. A digital lock takes away all of the important rights, and thus negates the flexibility of media usage.

This must change if we are to have fair and just copyright in Canada. As currently stated, C-32 would damage the creative flexibility of our culture.

I suggest that this committee pay more attention to the work of Dr. Michael Geist at the University of Ottawa, the Canada Research Chair on Internet and E-Commerce Law. He is the most visible and active academic in North America on the subject of copyright law. He has published extensively about how we might rectify the problems with Bill C-32.

Thanks for your time.

Benjamin Harack B.Sc. B.A.

I suggest that people who are concerned about the dangers of stifling copyright limitations take a look at Michael Geist’s work on the subject of Bill C-32, including his proposed amendments. I also suggest that citizens take this opportunity to make their voice heard.

Update: Serendipitously later in the day after writing this, I ran across this XKCD Comic.

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