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Copyright Reform Process


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Submission from Steven Hamann received on September 14, 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 am a Canadian Citizen and would to like to express my concern regarding the intellectual property provisions of the Consultation Paper on Digital Copyright Issues.

These measures, based on the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, give power to publishers at the expense of individuals' civil rights. The DMCA itself is currently under legal challenge in the US and as such should not be used as a benchmark. The CPDCI provisions, which only appear to serve corporate copyright interests, do not seem to comply with the spirit of existing Canadian law.

These provisions would amend the Canadian Copyright Act to ban, with few or no exceptions, software and other tools that allow copy prevention technologies to be bypassed. This would violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantee of freedom of speech, and similar guarantees in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, since such tools are necessary to exercise lawful uses, including fair dealing, reverse engineering, computer security research and many others.

I urge you to remove these provisions from the CPDCI language.


Steven Hamann
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