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C-32 Endangers My Rights

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Canadian Copyright Law

Yesterday, as part of the U.S. Government review process, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s DMCA amendments were approved.

This means some DMCA ill effects have been eased up as they have been every three years at the mandatory DMCA review. In effect, the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) enacted in 1998 has become substantially weaker than the Conservative Government’s proposed Bill C-32, the so-called “Copyright Modernization Act.”

The CBC online article reported Copyright reform bill to get review according to Industry Minister Tony Clement this necessitates a Canadian review of Bill C-32 they are trying to pass.

NO Canadian DMCA

It is misleading to suggest that Bill C-32 is necessary to bring Canada in line with the 1996 World Intellectual Property Organization Copyright Treaty. Bill C-32 was and is far in excess of those requirements. And certainly less balanced, as shown in Russell McOrmond’s Digital Copyright: Bill C-32 FAQ

Michael Geist contrasted the terms of the American DMCA with Bill C-32 The U.S. DMCA vs. Bill C-32: Comparing the Digital Lock Exceptions

The intent of Bill C-32 was more likely to bring Canada’s copyright law in line with the secret treaty A.C.T.A. But even ACTA is beginning to be watered down due to near universal opposition as it’s secrecy erodes.

Even before the American DMCA was watered down, Canadian “Fair Dealing” imposed far greater limitations on Canadians than American “Fair Use” does Americans. Putting Canadians at a disadvantage on the global stage is not in Canada’s best interests. As the DMCA and ACTA are declawed, Canada has found herself faced with Bill C-32, which is now potentially the strongest and most repressive copyright law on earth. Possibly we will only be in a tie with the U.K.’s Digital Economy Act, which was undemocratically rushed through by politicians who still don’t understand the ramifications of what they’ve wrought.

Cover art for my novel locked in a jail cel secured with a padlock marked with the copyright symbol

please don’t take my copyright away

Because those who have been lately dictating changes to copyright law are NOT creators but rather “rightsholders” (corporate entities and organizations who have managed to get control of copyright material), changes to copyright law have been detrimental to creators.

These laws have done a great deal of harm to culture world wide, resulting in both erosion of the public domain and the stifling of human creativity. Because art does not exist in a vacuum. All art is based on/influenced by/informed by prior/concurrant culture and creative work. That’s the nature of art.

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The only bright spot in the recent history of copyright has been the introduction of Creative Commons licensing, which allows creators to choose precisely how they wish to release their digital work.

I’m a writer who plans to release my debut novel under a Creative Commons License.

My say over distribution of my own work would be stripped from me under Bill C-32.

I >am< a copyright extremist. I want Bill C-32 to go away.

BILL C-32 takes away MY rights as a Creator.

Copyright is supposed to allow creators the right to control their creations. Bill C-32 takes away my right to release my work as I see fit and gives total control over copyright to device manufacturers and software distributors.

my comment on CBC: Copyright reform bill to get review

[Image Credit: the copyright jail from Question Copyright Sita Distribution Project remixed with my “Inconstant Moon” cover art by laurelrusswurm]


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  1. […] current copyright law is harmful to me as a creator, and there is evidence that it is harmful Canadian culture as a whole from aspects like copyright […]

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