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A Copyright Call to Arms

Nov 13, 2008, 23:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Wojciech Gryc, Jesse Helmer)

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"Thanks to our existing laws, no Canadians have been taken to court for downloading music, but, as customers, we have suffered from increasingly invasive measures taken by those who hold the rights to digital material. Companies aim to limit how many times we can install a song or piece of software, check to ensure that our music was purchased legally and may even track the websites we visit.

"Piracy and theft are unethical and should be illegal, but the approach taken by recent governments to combat these legitimate problems is misguided. Unfortunately, the debate so far has not engaged the vast majority of ordinary Canadians who would be affected by proposed changes to our copyright regime – everyone who buys music, videos, books and movies in digital form. Rightsholders and their lobby groups, on the other hand, are fully engaged and pushing for changes that would benefit them."

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