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COPYRIGHT REFORM PROCESS
SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED REGARDING THE CONSULTATION PAPERS
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Submission from Aaron Miller received on September 9, 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 write to express my grave concern regarding the extreme intellectual property provisions of the Consultation Paper on Digital Copyright Issues (CPCDI).
Publishing industries already have far too much power over authors' works. More legislation is not the answer to combatting piracy and copyright violations. Do onot hurt the indivuduals who use and enjoy technology and abide and respect copyrights by punishing them for the crimes of the few who do not. Creating further legislation in the direction of the aims of the DMCA, which created a felon from an important computer scientist, is not the answer to this problem. The CPDCI provisions, which serve no one but (largely American) corporate copyright interests, are just as overbroad as those of the DMCA. Legislation should mee the needs and wants of the people, not the few corporations with the highest profits and the most money.
Listen to what people are saying, please. Listen to people before listening to the money of these corporations. No one wants this, no one needs it, and freedom of expression, scientific progress, and free-flow of information are far more noble goals than the preservation of corporate empires. Force innovation; limit the provisions in this paper.
I urge you to remove these controversial and anti-freedom provisions from the CPDCI language. The DMCA is already an international debacle. Its flaws should not be imported and forced on Canadians.
San Francisco, CA
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