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Friday, June 4, 2010

Letter to Parliamentarians on Bill C-32 (2010)

Jun 04 2010

The Honourable Tony Clement
Minister Of Industry, Science & Technology
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

The Honourable James Moore
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Dear Ministers,

Having reviewed the recently tabled Bill C-32, I would like to
express my concern about the Digital Lock provisions and
insufficient Fair Dealings provisions.

Specifically, the bill sought to strike a balance between
the rights of copyright holders, and Canadian Citizens.
Numerous provisions were included to balance these rights.
The digital lock anti-circumvention provision COMPLETELY
REVERSES all of these forward looking provisions by putting
ALL of the power in the hands of copyright holders, and NO
power in the hands of Canadian Citizens.  It unduly restricts
libraries, educational institutions, cultural organizations,
students, teachers, remixing artists, and dozens of other 
groups.  It will completely crush innovation and new 
artistic development in Canada.  

Further, the fair dealings provisions are insufficient.
And expanded, non-exhausted \"example\"-type list should be
included, with wording that allows for broad interpretations
as new media, technology and creativity come up with new ways
of exercising fair dealing rights in the future.

I ask that you seriously consider amending these sections of
an otherwise quite strong bill.  While the bill is generally
strong, I cannot support it with the above provisions, as they
completely reverse the spirit and intent of the bill.


 Mekki MacAulay
 26-920 Dynes Road
 K2C 0G8

CC: The Honourable Michael Ignatieff
CC: Marc Garneau - Official Opposition Critic For Industry,
Science & Technology
CC: Pablo Rodriguez - Official Critic For Canadian Heritage and
Official Languages
CC: Charlie Angus - NDP Digital Affairs Critic
posted by Mekki at 10:24 am  

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