Canadian Copyright Reform may jeopardize Ubuntu-Rescue-Remix
The Canadian minority Conservative Government has introduced new copyright legislation that would seem to legalize activities commonly engaged in by thousands of Canadians — such as copying a CD. But the key provision to this bill is the criminalization of the breaking of digital locks placed on gadgets and media, no matter how trivial. This provision negates any of the seemingly positive aspects of the bill.
So while the bill specifically mentions that making backups of the songs or movies you have purchased is OK, that recording televisions shows for later viewing is OK, or that ripping and burning copyrighted content for the use of parody or satire is OK, if the publisher decides to put a copy-protection method in place, you will be guilty of breaking the law of you do any of the activities I just mentioned!
In short, if a publisher decides to put a digital lock on any content, you, the consumer, have no rights to use the content as you wish (no matter that the other clauses of this bill say you do!)
There seemed to be quite of lot of consultation with the public this time 'round (this is the third attempt to reform Copyright in Canada in recent years), but it seems that the most important opinions voiced during that consultation have been ignored. What needs to be changed is that the circumvention of a digital lock should not be prohibited when undertaken for lawful purposes such as for personal, non-commercial use.
Despite the minority government's trying to fast-track this bill into law, we need to make some changes to it. Many of the tools used in Ubuntu-Rescue-Remix do circumvent digital locks since this is necessary in many data recovery tasks. This Bill could put into jeopardy the future of Ubuntu-Rescue-Remix.