Canadian DMCA Introduced; Digital Lock Provision Trumps Any And All User Rights

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As was widely expected, Canadian politicians have introduced their version of the DMCA, dubbed the “Copyright Modernization Act” (or Bill C-32 if you want to get technical). Michael Geist runs down the good and the bad at the link above, but it appears there’s a lot more that’s bad than good. While the plan tries to add “balance” by extending fair dealing provisions just slightly wider than before (though, still pretty limited), it undermines that very concept with a heavy anti-circumvention clause. This is the worst aspect of the DMCA exported north to Canada. Basically, as long as a rights holder puts some form of DRM/copy protection on their work, all those exceptions go out the window. You can’t circumvent, even for non-infringing reasons.

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