Copyright Is Back: Why Canada is Keeping the Flawed Digital Lock Rules

Michael Geist, Weblog, Sept 29, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

As the Canadian government prepares to pass copyright legislation (which this time, due to a majority government in the house, is very likely to pass) my analysis remains much the same as Michael Geist's. "Why is Canada sticking to digital lock rules when a more balanced approach that is consistent with the WIPO Internet treaties is readily available? The answer is obvious - the digital lock rules are primarily about satisfying U.S. pressure, not Canadian public opinion... the unwillingness to stand up for Canadians on digital locks represents a huge failure. Moreover, it sends the message that when pressed, Canada will cave... The failure of C-11 is that the government isn't relieving the copyright pressure. It is asking for more."
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