The Canadian DMCA: A Betrayal

Michael Geist, Weblog, Jun 13, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The proposed copyright legislation has been tabled by Industry Minister Jim Prentice, and while its getting a pretty easy ride in Canada's news media (big surprise) it has been greeted with dismay by the rest of us. Michael Geist sums it up: "in a country whose Supreme Court of Canada has emphasized the importance of balance between creators rights and user rights, the Canadian DMCA eviscerates user rights in the digital environment by virtually eliminating fair dealing. Under this bill, the right to copy for the purposes of research, private study, criticism, and news reporting virtually disappears if the underlying content is digitally locked." There's a lot more - and a lot more coverage that I just don't have the will to cover just now (read the spin in your local paper). Sigh.
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