June 17th, 2008, 12:54 PM
Canadian Bill C-61 - Another DMCA with a lot of problems
Last week Bill C-61 was introduced in the Canadian parliament. Supposedly it protects digital media from copyright infringement.
To be clear, it's a bit better then US DMCA. The danger in C-61 is that it will not serve only to protect the copyright of music and video files, but will possibly hamper the usage of legally purchased material.
I would focus on the element of bypassing encryption or protection. We all bypass some form of protection or encryption, even for a fully legitimate purpose.
Here are several actions you probably won't be able to do, since they'll become infringements
- Transferring your legally purchased music from a CD to your IPod
- Playing a region 2/3/4/5/6 DVD that a visitor/tourist/student purchased legally and brought with him for his personal use
- Using copy/paste from electronic books for quoting within research papers
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