Canada’s Digital Freedom At Risk

19 06 2008

I lived in Montreal when I was a wee teenager. One of the happiest times in my life. I used to bum around a bit in Toronto too.

Campers, this is a big deal. A very big deal not only for Canada but for everyone.

I read this over at Dave Delaney’s and my heart sank about the latest  DMCA laws being introduced in Canada. I’ll hit the highlights he hit but you really need to go over there to get the whole gist of what’s going on.

Here’s a few notes on what happens if the law gets introduced:

  • If you share anything (by uploading or downloading) it’s illegal
  • You can’t unlock a phone if you take it overseas and want to use it
  • You can’t copy your CDs to MP3s to listen to on your MP3 player
  • It is illegal to download a song to your iPod and play it at a party
  • You can’t play a DVD you purchased in Europe
  • It will be illegal to purchase ink cartridges that are not made by your printer manufacturer
  • If you cars computer is “locked” it is illegal for an independent auto shop to diagnose it
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3 responses

19 06 2008
Ron

Sounds a lot like the DMCA, President Clinton’s gift to the digital world that keeps on giving. Sigh.

19 06 2008
Dave Delaney

Thanks for posting this. This is something that EVERYBODY should be concerned about. If you’re interested in helping please:

– Join the Facebook group (it’s free and fast to do): http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6315846683

– Then invite your friends to join the group.

The more people in the group, the more likely the Canadian Government will take notice.

Thanks!

19 06 2008
GoldnI

I don’t understand what the point of this law is. Half of those provisions are completely unenforceable.

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