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Bill C-32: Copyright Modernization Act

Bill C-32, the Copyright Modernization Act, was introduced into Parliament on June 3, 2010. The bill contains some important changes to fair dealing in Canada. For example, it legalizes parody and satire, and broadens fair dealing for educational purposes. On the downside, the bill mirrors the highly criticized U.S. DMCA provisions on digital locks, reflecting an acquiescence to American industry demands. The proposed provisions make it an infringement to circumvent any digitally-locked content, even for purposes of fair dealing.

Your help is needed to fix Bill C-32 before it becomes law. Find out how you can:

The Cookie Crumb Trail: Website to Website Tracking

Most internet users are probably aware that the websites they visit may collect information on them. It is common practice for a website to record details such as how often a user visits the website, and even how a user spends time on the site -- tracking, for example, what articles a user reads or what books a user buys.

However, many users may not be aware that major advertising companies are aggregating this information together from many different websites. If you use your browser's default privacy and security settings, you are being tracked from site to site. With each additional site you visit, you give away another piece of information on who you are.

Bill C-32: New copyright bill is in need of repair!

A new copyright bill was introduced in Parliament yesterday as Bill C-32, the Copyright Modernization Act. This bill includes some important new provisions that recognize the right of the public to use works fairly. Canadians will be given wider scope to use copyrighted works for parody, satire, and education. It will become legal to place legally-purchased music on an iPod, as well as to record television shows for later viewing.

Unfortunately, most of these gains for the Canadian public will be for naught if another significant provision of the bill passes into law: U.S.-style anti-circumvention measures. By simply placing a digital lock on content, any commercial copyright owner will be able to ensure that no fair dealing provisions apply. "Copyright" may be infringed even where content is used after the fifty-year copyright protection in a work has expired!

This bill has not yet been passed into law and is still open to amendment. The time to act is now! If you'd like to see this bill reflect Canadian interests rather than accede to U.S. pressure on introducing these digital-lock provisions, please take action! Click here to find out how you can help!

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