"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
"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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