BILL C-61

posted June 19, 2008

As a Independent Non-union Canadian Musician & Consumer I am completely OUTRAGED!!!

The amendments to the Copyright Act presented on June 12 doesn't benefit all Canadians in fact it's an attack on our rights and Heritage.

Not only should I be able to circumvent digital locks to make backups of CD's & DVD's that I purchased. I should also be able to make remixes & mash-ups of them for personal use. I find it asinine that in this day and age our Government would make Non-commercial remixing illegal.

The irony here is that the Canadian National Anthem "O Canada" by Calixa Lavallée would be considered a remix or cover if it were written today. Being it's a revised version of "March of the Priests" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In fact "O Canada" if you want to be Technical is a Mash-up being it contains a poem by Adolphe-Basile Routhier and "March of the Priests" was taken from the opera "The Magic Flute".

In My Humble Opinion the amendments to the current Copyright Act has nothing to do with Artists nor does it foster creativity and innovation. I believe it's a ploy to extend the life of outdated 3rd party business models of large Corporations in order to increase profits until such time that these old 3rd party bussiness models can be implemented in the digital realm. (Sadly this has already started to happen)

Say No To BILL C-61...

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