Canada's New Copyright Law Could Make Us All Culture Criminals

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Tue, Sep 21st, 2010 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

In Canada, transferring music from a CD to your iPod is illegal. To remedy this, the Canadian government has updated their copyright law, Bill C-32, to allow for this. It will also allow other activities that were originally unlawful, like taping shows to watch later and provision for artists to use copyrighted material in parody and satire. Most importantly, Bill C-32 would finally legalize the use of protected works in many educational contexts. These new rules will finally bring the law into some sort of alignment with reality.

But, explains Graham F. Scott of this magazine, "all these new freedoms are overridden by the government's total surrender on the matter of 'digital rights management,' restrictive types of software that control our use of the e-books, DVDs, or video games we purchase -- what devices we may use, who we may share with, and how many times. No one would stand for a shirt that self-destructed unless worn with a certain brand of jeans, but that is the essence of DRM -- the things you purchase never belong to you."

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