ECA Action Alert: Canada's C-11 Amendment to the Copyright Act

February 1, 2012 -

The Entertainment Consumer Association has issued an action alert, a call to arms to let lawmakers in Canada know that C-11, an act to amend the Copyright Act, must remove a provision that makes "jailbreaking" illegal. While the amendment to existing copyright law in Canada isn't as strict or over reaching as SOPA and PIPA, it does contain some questionable provisions that could hurt consumers.

In Section 41 of the bill, it says that it is illegal to circumvent “technological protection measures.” As is usually the case with laws written by lawmakers the language is vague. Because of this lack of clarity, this provision could apply to jailbreaking your phone, downloading a patch to eliminate DRM in software, modifying programs, using programs on homebrew systems (or vice-versa), and more.

Naturally, this will have a chilling effect on innovation across a wide spectrum of creative mediums. Luckily you can help change things. You can join in and let Canadian lawmakers know that C-11 in its present form is unacceptable to consumers by visiting ECA's Action Alert Page. If you live in Canada you need to let your elected officials know that this amendment is misguided and dangerous. The page contains a form letter you can put your name on and send out immediately, or you can share your own personal concerns.

[Full Disclosure: GamePolitics is an ECA publication.]


Comments

Re: ECA Action Alert: Canada's C-11 Amendment to the ...

So wait, if Steam goes under, then releases patches to make games steamlock-free, you're in violation for installing such a patch?

Re: ECA Action Alert: Canada's C-11 Amendment to the ...

I really wish these things would focus more on the monetary flow around distribution rather than just the distribution itself which gets into all matters of personal rights/freedoms, innovation,logic....


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.

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