What Canadian Anti-Circumvention Debate is AboutAdded: Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
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Canada is waiting for its DMCA to be tabled in couple of days and that is the reason for talking about DRM and what it means for consumers. To say exactly, the discussion is more about anti-circumvention of the law.
The term “anti-circumvention” may sound like a very obscure thing to the laymen, but it has to be understood and revised, as it’s a huge game changer which can affect everyone who wants to really enjoy his media. The matter is that DRM (Digital Rights Management) is supposed to somehow stop illegal uses of the copyrighted works – perhaps because encoding the magical piece of this program on any CD, DVD and other kind of digital media will magically eliminate all the illegal copies on file-sharing networks and prevent bootleggers from selling illegal copies around the corner.
In fact, all digital locks like DRM can be divided into three groups – already broken ones, those about to get broken, and the last ones not protecting the material at all. Any user, not having any serious skills in computers, can get access to cracked software, as one its copy instantly turns into thousand. Since it is technically impossible to cease circumvention, the point of switching it to the form of a law can be just control.
Anyway, the facts speak for themselves: using DRM makes legitimate consumers suffer. Let’s look at the simplest example of this kind of protection encoded on DVDs. If you have bought at least one legal DVD, you should remember the preview on it which cannot be skipped or fast forwarded through. Instead, in case you obtain the same copy of the film illegally, you wouldn’t see those previews at all! And even if you do, you’ll be able to skip them forward. Now try to understand who is suffering here – a legitimate consumer or an infringer?
As long as Canada doesn’t have anti-circumvention legislation, you can make back-up copy of the movie on your hard disk and remove all that junk in order to enjoy your legally purchased media on your terms. But as soon as DMCA comes into effect, you are becoming an infringer for that and can be charged with penalties.
All these troubles also affect gamers, music and TV fans and even ebook readers. And if you look to the United States’ experience in this field, you will see DMCA is not working at all, because many reasonable consumers consider it so ridiculous that just don’t pay attention to it and go on the circumvention.
The only conclusion you can get of here is that anti-circumvention legislation is a no-win situation for everyone.
June 2nd, 2010Posted by:
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
|posted by (2010-06-03 08:01:39)|
|i'd want to keep my foreskin too if i was them.|
|posted by (2010-06-03 19:17:13)|
|thanks for the info Sam will be interesting to see what the government does since this obviously has not stopped any piraters from the US.|
|Good info. Im looking for Canadian legislation on this stuff to see if they accually did do anything about it. Im pretty sure that P2P is now illegal as is cracked software. I did both and I want to know the exact place where the LAW is. The internet just gives me news stories and I have searched the Canadian Criminal Code, as well as case law. Help?|
|I called the cop-shop in Calgary AB. They said that in Canada, file sharing is illegal because of copyright infringments. They wont really go after you if you're using it for personal use (music movies, etc...) but it is illegal non-the-less. That goes for cracking/using cracked files as well. I guess most ppl don't really care but this effects me and anyone else involved in law enforcement. I guess no more free stuff for me :P||
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