A Good Bill: Bill C-61, an Act to amend the Copyright Act

I just finished reading Bill C-61, an Act to amend the Copyright Act, and frankly I'm not sure what the fuss is about.
I like it.
I'm no fan of the Conservative Party and I have absolutely no intention of voting for them, but I like Bill C-61, an Act to amend the Copyright Act.
Then again...
-I pay for the music I download from the Internet
-I pay for the movies I download from the Internet
I love my Digital Video Recorder and was worried the evil Conservatives would somehow limit my use, but I didn't find anything in the bill to worry about.
Nothing in this bill modifies the fair dealing exception with regards to reasearch and private study, criticism or review (29.1) or news reporting. The added language for the fair dealing exception with regards to education simply updates the technology.  
So which line or paragraph are you guys worried about?


Anonymous said...

I pay for all my music and movies as well. Sometimes I find I have to buy a movie from outside this country because my tastes are rather off-beat from the north american norm, and certain quirky, smaller releases are not produced in region 1.

Fortunately, I have a DVD player that doesn't care about such silly things.

Unfortunately, with bill C-61, my use of that machine makes me a criminal.

Here's another thing, I'm also a bit paranoid about losing my data. I like to back-up my music and my files. This has happened ever since I purchased the download of Wallace and Gromit from Atom Films, then had a hard drive failure that killed my software "key"s that let me play these episodes. (The episodes themselves I had on a different hard-drive.. little did I know)

Atom Films' solution? I re-purchase the downloads for a new key.

My solution? I no longer purchase anything from Atom Films, and now routinely use software solutions to strip out the DRM where possible before saving my purchased movies to DVD.

Unfortunatley, bill C-61 makes me a criminal for doing so.

Here's another one. I purchase all of my software as well. Often, the software comes with DRM embedded that requires me to have the CD or DVD in the drive when I choose to run the software. However, I don't like having to always dig open the box to insert the DVD to run the software that would work perfectly fine, and faster, if it didn't have to check this type of stuff.

Again, bill C-61 makes me a criminal if I choose to remove the DRM stuff simply so that I don't have to constantly insert the CD.

Also, I purchase much of my music from E-music. Sometimes I'll come across a tune that I know a friend will love, so I'll purchase it, send a copy over to them, and then delete the copy on my hard drive -- after all, hard-drive space isn't infinite. Except with Bill C-61, I've broken the law yet again -- even though I purchased it and don't retain any copy myself.

Geekwad said...

What's in it for me? Nothing. My rights are being reduced, with nothing to balance it out. To me you seem to be saying, "What poke in the eye with a sharp stick? It's not very sharp at all, and they let me close my eye first!" What's in it for you?

Deb Prothero said...

Sure at first glance it looks all peachy-keen. Then you realize that any CDs you've purchased and want to load onto your computer to play or onto your iPod have the lock on them.

This version of the bill says sure if you buy it you can use it for personal use as long as you don't have to break a security feature on your purchase to do so. Every thing is sold with the security feature so you're automatically a criminal. Of course, this is written in two sections so you have to read the fine print.

Any bill that makes every Canadian a criminal is a piece of garbage written to support the corporate interests, in this case.

I'm tired of a government that thinks I'm too stupid to read a bill and understand its implications to me. Too bad they can't just be honest in their election advertising - elect us, we'll protect and support the corporate interest over the individual interest, every time in every way.

Deb Prothero said...

Just wanted to clarify, I do buy music online but I also have a collection of CDs that I'd like to sample on my computer or on my iPod. It's still personal use and I did pay for it but now the Conservatives are saying I'm a criminal, if this bill passes.

Altavistagoogle said...

Thanks for your comments. But did any of you actually read the bill?

Anonymous, you can still use your multi region DVD player.

Anonymous, there is nothing in the proposed legislation that would prohibit you from backing up your hard drive.

Anonymous, iTunes, for example, allows you to gift music. They don't have a monopoly. You don't like them, you can chose from many other online music providers. The bill only make the conditions of use they propose legal documents.

Geekwad, what is in it for you? Professionnal artist who earn a living producing art instead of plugging Coca Cola.

Deb Prothero, nothing in this bill prohibits ripping your CD to you computer and then to your iPod or other music player.

Please read the bill!

Anonymous said...

Um did YOU read the bill? There are countless articles that state the exact bill sections that DO make you a criminal for copying any protected works. ANY. that means you buy a cd and try and put it on your ipod, if it has protection (which 99% do) and you circumvent that protection by using itunes to copy the cd YOU ARE A CRIMINAL. WAKE UP do some RESEARCH before you post a BS post like his.

Altavistagoogle said...

To Anonymous, you are wrong, 99% of CDs do not have copy protection. That is why you can copy CDs to your computer using Microsoft Media Player or iTunes (American software) or make a tape copy.


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