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Submission from Ben Brownlee on July 28, 2001 5:39 PM via e-mail
Subject: Consultation Paper on Digital Copyright Issues
To whom it may concern,
While protection of Intellectual property deserves strong laws and technology with which to enforce that protection, it should be noted that the DMCA is a law that is in violation of the 1st amendment to the US constitution. The 1st amendment being the right to free speech. Canada has a similar right as laid out in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
I personally have no problems with laws and technology that protect intellectual property, but believe that the onus should be more on the technology as opposed to the laws. I *AM* in favour of laws protecting Intellectual property, but am *VEHEMENTLY* opposed to laws that violate my rights. I would urge that those in Parliament who will be debating the creation of a DMCA-like law pay very close attention that they do not inadvertantly create a law which gives higher priority to a business' intellectual property than to the basic rights of a citizen of Canada. Those members would be doing a great disservice to the constituents that got them in office in the first place.Sincerely,
Royal Military College of Canada
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