Changes to Canadian copyright act imminent: Likely to attack FLOSS.

Michael Geist has an article about how Canadian Press is reporting that the introduction of a copyright reform bill is imminent.

Expect to see a lot of Graham Henderson misinformation (lies? Maybe he doesn't understand technology enough to know better) about DRM, and the false claim that there is a need to attack the tangible property rights of Canadians in order to protect the business models of specific copyright holders.

"I've often said, if you've bought it, you're my best friend, knock yourself out," Henderson said of the music his members sell. "You've just bought a valuable piece of property, and you want to be able to use it to the fullest extent you can - without cheating the system."

If I've bought the song, it should be encoded in a way that I can play it on any player I want -- something that DRM is created to disallow. If I bought my own computer I should be able to install whatever software I want, including security software to keep unauthorized third parties out, which is also something that DRM is created to disallow. Anyone who supports the legalization or legal protection of DRM disagrees with the protection of property rights, given the whole design of DRM is to protect the specialized business models of a subset of hardware and content industry associations at the expense of tangible property rights of citizens.

For more details on the problem policy proposals, see our Copyright-related Policy summary.