Michael Geist still thinks there is time to stop this if people raise a hue and cry – otherwise known as MP mail blitz.
Criminalization of young people
Let’s face it – most old people don’t get texting, YouTube and all the social media activities of young people. They don’t play online games or own an XBox 360, PlayStation or Wii. We may not understand, like or appreciate people under 30 or 35 but they aren’t bad.
Yet provisions in Bill C-11 will criminalize their behavior. They do break the locks on their iPhone, Android phones, on PlayStation games and other digital devices. It’s partly creativity and partially their need to control the electronics in their lives.
The digital locks provision of Bill C-11 won’t stop people from learning how to bypass digital locks, but it will criminalize the behavior. More young people will be charged with new crimes and lives will be ruined.
For what? Who benefits?
You already own the software or device
It’s not smart in the age of innovation to lock away what people already own. For instance, you can rip a CD you own to your iPhone, iPad, or computer. After Bill C-11 passes, that will be illegal if the CD maker puts a digital lock on the CD. Or your DVD. Or any of the hardware and software you purchase with your hard earned money.
Want another copy? Double your cost and buy the other format.
Backups will be illegal. Lose the DVD? That’s tough.
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