Consumer Groups Speak Out On WIPO Broadcast Treaty

Various authors, Canadian Internet Policy, Public Interest Clinic, Jun 21, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I would echo the views of these consumer groups. "The consumer groups argue that the treaty is unnecessary for and harmful to Canada, that its scope is overbroad, that its exceptions and limitations are shockingly weak, that it creates a totally new regime for technological protection measures, and that it would harm a range of emerging broadcasting practices on the Internet." Links to the letter and to the proposed treaty. This letter is a stark contrast to the report from the Standing Committ on Industry titled Counterfeiting and Piracy are Theft. More on the Industry Committe report from Michael Geist who calls it a proposal for a "Canadian DCMA".
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