Friday, June 25, 2010

James Moore and C-32

James Moore rants against any complaints about Bill C-32, the government's proposed copyright 'reform', which includes very strong restrictions on what can be done with content protected by a digital lock.

Cory Doctorow explains why Moore is wrong about these parts of C-32 (parts I understandwere pushed into the bill over the good sense opposition of Tony Clement).
Note that Docotorw is a content producer and thus one of those people Moore claims to be trying to help. Nope, I think not. Go read the post for teh explanations; I`ll quote the bottom lines.
digital locks don't stop piracy. All they do is weaken the case for buying music, movies and books instead of ripping them off -- after all, no one woke up this morning wishing there was a way to do less with her music. So how could adding a digital lock make a paid product more attractive than the free version?
That's the "creativity" that the new Canadian copyright law rewards: writing an ebook reader, designing a tablet, building a phone. Those "creators" get more say in the destiny of Canadian artists' copyrights than the artists themselves.
Doctorow again:
If Minister Moore is serious about protecting actual creators -- the Canadians who write books, who design games, who perform music, who produce films and TV shows -- then all he has to do is insert a simple exception to his digital locks rule:
A copyright proprietor may authorize the public to remove a digital lock in order to gain access and to use of his copyrighted works.
Get that? People who create stuff should have the right to let their audiences move copyrighted works to other platforms.
I challenge Minister Moore to climb down from his nasty smears about copyright reformers and address this and other legitimate concerns over digital locks rules. Thousands and thousands of Canadians spoke out against this kind of rule in the Canadian copyright proceedings. James Moore has tabled a bill that ignores the results of his own consultation, and then had the bad grace to smear the creators and audiences who, in good faith, came forward to participate in the debate over the future of Canadian copyright.
He owes us an apology. And an explanation.
The smears from Moore above make me embarrassed to have him as part of my government.


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