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by , 05-07-2010 at 05:49 PM (1166 Views)

Quote Originally Posted by gen3sf View Post
The image refers to the return of efforts to draft a Canadian copyright law that more closely resembles the laws in the Unted States. This issue first was raised 3 years ago and it being driven by US entertainment industry lobbyists. The bill, C-61, was not pursued after huge protests were mounted by both the public and business interests in Canada.

As you might have expected, the US entertainment industry did not stop lobbying key Canadian politicians to try and get their way. So, now it seems that efforts are again moving a Canadian DMCA, through their legislative body, that is similar to that of the US DCMA; apparently being supported/driven by the Heritage Minister whose views prevailed over the Industry Minister. Protest campaigns are again being mounted.

By the way, it isn't that Canada doesn't have any copyright laws, there just are some differences that displease the US entertainment industry. While the new DMCA is just a proposal, one can presume that anti-circumvention clauses will be a part of the package. Anti-cirumvention clauses prohibits the distribution of programs that can be used to circumvent both copy control and access control technologies. In other words, can be used,not are being used. Essentially, you men are all rapists because you have a tool that can be used to rape.

The anti-circumvention laws create a heaping mound of trouble for computer engineers and scientists, librarians and education institutions, journalists, how Internet users can protect their privacy, etc. By using technology or a technical device to protect their work, copyright holders transform historically allowed access or use of digital content into a violative action. Potentially illegal activities might include manipulation of the computer code of a digital toy to make it perform new functions (sound familar to WiiHacks members?), disabling an access control device on the storage media of an entertainment product, creating a patch for a software program or computer/electronic product, even possibly analysing security systems that control access to digital data can be considered violative of anti-circumvention laws.

These laws, as enforced in the US, are what I came across when just trying to make one backup copy of each of my expensive movie DVDs. I couldn't understand why I could not just buy a personal backup program for my legally purchased DVDs-even limited to a labelled one copy function would have been acceptable (something 123 Studios tried). Rather, I resented being forced to look into hacking sites-a number of unsavory sites comprised of out and out thieves and cheats before I found something that met my needs and I felt OK about providing payment information.

These types of laws make criminals out of normally responsible citizens not trying to steal a product, deprive an entertainer of a livelihood, but just trying to protect an expensive or valued purchase. Nintendo has followed along this path in preventing us from making a backup of hugely expensive game discs and hindering development of additional functions such as playing my games from USB HDD (my favorite softmod outcome).

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