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Know your rights as an open source developer!
The Copyright Act isn't only about stopping people from copying music, movies, and software. Copyright law is also about balance between the rights of creators and the rights of users, and the Copyright Act makes sure of that.
As an open source developer or consultant, there are two parts of the Copyright Act you should know about: they give you the rights to make interoperable software, reverse engineer existing programs, and conduct security research. Without these rights, it would be almost impossible to make competitive software alternatives or learn more about computer security systems like TPMs. Know your rights, and help make sure that open source software continues to have this kind of support in Canadian copyright law.
Sections of the Copyright Act supporting the rights to make interoperable software, reverse engineer existing programs, and conduct security research:
Fair dealing lets people conduct research including reverse engineering and security research. Section 29 of the Copyright Act says:
There are also special rules allowing people to modify or adapt a computer program to make systems that can work together. Section 30.6 of the Copyright Act says:
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