[mythtv-users] Copyright Legislation in Canada

Daniel Buijs dbuijs at gmail.com
Fri Jul 11 23:44:16 UTC 2008

Ok, Mea Culpa.

I didn't give a complete summary of C-61. I only mentioned the  
prohibition on circumventing technical protection measures. This is  
not the only part of the bill. The intent of my message was to  
suggest that people who use MythTV without breaking the current law  
in Canada should be very concerned about C-61 and take the time to  
inform themselves about the potential consequences if the bill  
becomes law.

The uses I mentioned in a follow-up message do indeed become illegal  
under C-61's other provisions. There are also a few obscure clauses  
that change the copyright of commissioned photographs (like wedding  
pictures) and allow contract provisions to take priority over copyright.

It is very important that MPs know that the bill would make criminals  
of millions of otherwise law-abiding citizens, not just downloaders.  
I've been told that many MPs are not very technologically literate  
and will have to be educated. Luckily my own MP is more receptive  
than most. Unluckily, he's NDP so his influence is more symbolic than  

I don't think this mailing list is the place to discuss the  
individual clauses of the bill. If you are interested in discussing  
this, I invite you to join us on the Facebook group Fair Copyright  
for Canada.


On 11-Jul-08, at 2:13 AM, Brad DerManouelian wrote:

> On Jul 10, 2008, at 10:13 PM, R. G. Newbury wrote:
>> Maybe there should be a law about people making offhand remarks like:
> I didn't read the bill. I don't plan on reading the bill. I'm not a
> lawyer and don't understand legal documents. I asked why the original
> poster thought the bill would make MythTV illegal. Someone (the OP?)
> said because it circumvented a technical protection. I explained all
> the reasons why MythTV does not circumvent a technical protection.
> Then you try to make it look like I'm an asshole for responding.
> So, thanks for that.
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