Paul J. Sahota

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Paul J. Sahota



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Submission from Paul J. Sahota received on September 11, 2001 via e-mail

Subject: Canadian copyright reform

To Industry Canada, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Intellectual Property Policy Directorate and other concerned agencies:

I'm writing about the intellectual property provisions of the Consultation Paper on Digital Copyright Issues (CPCDI).

The problem, as I see it, is that this really gives way to much power to publishers (people with money) at the expense of indivdiuals' rights (people without money), even those individuals who produce the copyrighted works.

I suppose you have had a lot of people emailing you boiler plate templates so I don't need to express those points to you because you have heard them already.

My point is that if these laws were applied to any other area of law you would be throwing glass blowers in jail for making equipment that could be used in the illegal production of alcohol. Or arresting IBM and Compac employees for making computers that can store child porn!

Do we, as a nation, ban pictures of naked people because it might lead someone to do something wrong? Not anymore.

I hope that you will seriously consider removing any provisions that will violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantee of freedom of speech, and similar guarantees in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Thanks you for your attention.


Paul J. Sahota
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