Be alert you "Canucks", the beast that goes by the name copyright creep is amongst your politicians and is seeking to hit you in the wallet.http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2008/10/07/tech-conservatives.html
Stephen Harper's Conservatives saw their proposed copyright reform die on the order paper when the election was called. (Tom Hanson/Canadian Press)The Conservatives are promising to reintroduce controversial copyright-reform legislation if they are re-elected, according to the party's official platform released on Tuesday.
"A re-elected Conservative government led by Stephen Harper will reintroduce federal copyright legislation that strikes the appropriate balance among the rights of musicians, artists, programmers and other creators and brings Canada's intellectual property protection in line with that of other industrialized countries, but also protects consumers who want to access copyright works for their personal use," the platform document says.
Minister of Industry Jim Prentice said the reforms struck a balance between the needs of copyright holders and consumers, but critics said a number of loopholes, particularly the digital locks provision, skewed the rules heavily against average Canadians.
Prentice was also criticized for not consulting consumer groups in drafting the legislation and was accused of caving to lobbying by the U.S. entertainment industry
As we saw recently in New Zealand law that say its ok to use things for personal use and make back-ups are countered 100% by the stealth technologies and DRM of the recording and movie industries, which in effect means your rights have been traded for some worthless and unworkable commitment that only keeps the corporate slugs fat and the end price on retail purchase excessively high.