Canada’s next copyright law back on the table: what does it mean to you?
This week, amendments to Canada’s archaic copyright legislation are back on the table at Parliament Hill and unless Mr. Harper decides it’s ‘that time of the year’ to prorogue, changes will be coming to the way you can legally deal with your music, movies and favourite TV shows.
What they’re proposing is that everyday consumer practices are will be legal, such as copying your music for personal use and using a PVR to record a show for later viewing – unless you’re breaking a digital lock.
That’s easier said than done. Many CDs do have copyright protection on them, and good luck trying to get that episode of The Big Bang Theory from your PVR on to your iPod. I’ve tried – and it’s not happening during the time it takes to drink a cup of tea.
The problem is, there’s these digital locks that make it a pain in the byte.
So is the government really going to make things easier for consumers? They’re under lots of pressure from industry groups that want more levies placed on media devices, to the U.S. government which thinks Canada is on the copyright axis of evil.
The forthcoming legislation even has legal expert Michael Geist discussing whether or not we need to focus on digital locks (things that prevent people from copying) or digital levies (taxes that are placed on media).
Let the democratic process begin. Do you think consumers, corporations or the artists will win out?
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets