Saturday, June 05, 2010

Copy(not too b)right


Industry Minister Tony Clement says cracking down on people who break “digital locks” on DVDs and video games brings Canada in line with many countries, despite criticism from Internet experts.

Yes, we must all fall in line with other countries. I mean, if the United States jumps off of a bridge, we better jump off that same bridge.

Clement says Ottawa’s new copyright legislation is neutral on the issue of digital locks and it’s up to the creators of CDs and DVDs to issue them.

Neutral, huh? Making it illegal to break digital locks for any reason is neutral? WOW.
Imagine if you're an auto manufacturer and you sell a car with a digital ignition system. Now imagine you lose your digital key.. and to replace it you have to buy a whole new car.. This is the type of environment "Creative" industries like the video game industry want Canada to have. You can never resell what you buy. You have to buy it over and over, and it will cost the same as the old non-replaceable media we have today. It will never find its way into the public domain, and as a result will never actually live up to the true purpose of copyright, to promote and temporarily give a monopoly on works in order to encourage the creation of new works. Patents at least expire within a reasonable time frame.

Clement, taking questions on the bill today in Toronto, says the legislation will also allow Canadians quicker access to new technologies once they hit the market.

REALLY? REALLY? We're going to get the latest iPhones that much faster because DRM is forced on the general populace? This is the level of intelligence and discourse the conservative government has? Somehow I doubt not having DRM kept us from getting the iPad at the same time as the USA. And even if it had, I'd rather not have it.

The bill, tabled Wednesday, would allow companies to seek damages between $100 and $5,000 from people who break digital locks to copy material like video games, films and music.

because copying that legally purchased DVD and using DRM to view it on your iphone is depriving someone of money that they should get from you by forcing you to pay over and over again for what they sell. This is what those encouraging a copyright welfare state truly believe.

The wide-ranging bill affects consumers’ relationship with DVDs, CDs, MP3 players and even their Internet service providers.

yes, it turns it into an abusive relationship.

It would be the first overhaul of the act protecting copyrighted property since 1997.
wow, 13 years since the last overhaul of copyright. Good god, People were still wearing Doc Martins in 1997 and listening to the Spice Girls.

Thank God the Conservative government is out there criminalizing people for irrelevant things. Not like we haven't got ACTUAL criminals out there to deal with, no we have to create new laws to create new criminals. Because you can't squeeze extortion money out of a kid who steals a car, but you can sue and fine someone exorbitant amounts for getting past broken DRM to play a legally purchased video game. Not like our judicial system isn't backed up already. Oh wait, it is.

You know what, I'd rather EA didn't come here to open up business in Toronto for government photo ops. None of their games are worth playing anyways.

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