William Arthur Astle

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William Arthur Astle

Copyright Reform Process


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Submission from William Arthur Astle received on September 9, 2001 via e-mail

Subject: Copyright ammendment

To whomever it may concern:

I am writing this because I am concerned about the potential violations of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms contained in the proposed copyright ammendment.

It is my understanding that said ammendment would make it illegal for me to use or create devices which allow me to view the contents of media (such as CDROMs, DVDs, etc.) on hardware that I already own that is capable of viewing such items with appropriate software which is not provided by the producers of the media.

This sounds to me to be much like the Digital Millenium Copyright Act in the United States of America. The DMCA is already being challnged legally in the US on grounds of it violating the fair use doctrine common to copyright laws and that it would potentially infringe upon freedom of speech rights. There are also concerns that it violates the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

As a citizen of Canada, I am hereby requesting that the anti-freedom povisions of the Consultationi Paper on Digical Copyright Issues be removed. I, for one, do not want Canada to be viewed internationally with the same scorn as the US.

William Arthur Astle
(address removed)

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