New rules about what you can put on your ipod introduced by Conservatives
Monday, June 16, 20084 Comments
The news has raised eyebrows across the nation from all corners. From Ottawa, Law Professor Michael Geist has set the waves moving against the new bill. In his first thoughts after reading the text of the bill, he laid out five main points against the new bill.
1. He notes that the new bill provides some leeway for consumers in making copies of media. However, the new bill provides for digital lock protections on media. That means that even though the new bill allows for consumers to make single copies of media files, if a company puts a a digital lock on to a media file, it would still be illegal to make that copy.
2. The provisions regarding circumvention of digital locks on media files are worse than in laws enacted in the US.
3. The bill limits private infringement penalties to $500. However, if one were to post copyrighted material on say, Youtube, that could constitute a higher infringement penalty of $20,000.
4. Protections to Internet Service Providers ISPs in the bill could be erased by the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement that is progressing parallel to bill C-61.
5. The education community recieved no help in the new bill and in fact complicates things for libraries and institutions wishing to provide online copyrighted material.
A few other groups have stepped forward to rally against this bill. The Canadian Music Creators Coalition (CMCC) is not quite rallying against the bill but has released a statement on their website that states their distaste with the proposed bill. In their release, several Coalition members note that the new provisions in the bill are very similar to laws enacted in the United States and does not help Canadian musicians.
The release quotes Safwan Javed, CMCC member and drummer for Wide Mouth Mason. “Rather than building a made-in-Canada proposal to help musicians get paid, the government has chosen to import American-style legislation that says the solution to the music industry’s problems is suing our fans,” continued Javed. “Suing fans won’t make it 1992 again. It’s a new world for the music business and this is an old approach.”