The petition is available here (temporarily?)
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PETITION TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS IN PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED
We, the undersigned residents of Canada, draw the attention of the House of Commons to the following:
- THAT the Copyright Act is properly recognized as being a careful balance between the rights of creators and the rights of the public (including viewers, readers, and listeners);
- THAT greater allowances for libraries, archives, and museums to determine when format shifting for older materials is allowed, described in section 30.1(1)(c) in the First Reading of Bill C-32 of the 3rd Session of the 40th Canadian Parliament, will promote the long-term availability of Canada's cultural works;
- THAT the "notice and notice" exemption (sections 41.25 and 41.26), the exemption for caching copyrighted material (section 41.27), and the exemption for infringement done on a web host's or Internet Service Provider's servers unknown to the company (section 31.1) described in the First Reading of Bill C-32 of the 3rd Session of the 40th Canadian Parliament will promote innovation by letting these companies focus on their core competency;
- THAT a government-sponsored 2002 study on technological protection measures recommended that "a policy choice that would result in anti-circumvention laws should be approached with great caution";
- THAT many Canadian creators have spoken out against technological protection measure circumvention provisions, including the Canadian Music Creators' Coalition and video game creator George Geczy;
- THAT the extreme legal action pertaining to technological protection measures prescribed by the First Reading of Bill C-32 of the 3rd Session of the 40th Canadian Parliament are not required to implement the WIPO Treaties, which require only that a contracting State provide "adequate legal protection" to technological measures;
- THAT there will be some situations which require technological protection measures to be circumvented for legitimate use, such as accessing public domain works and using works under fair dealing; and
- CSIA whitepaper (see the Summary of Recommendations, page 4, point 5) (DEAD LINK)
- THAT a Copyright Act amendment that only restricts technological protection measure circumvention when it is done to infringe copyright and does not restrict the distribution of tools to circumvent technological protection measures would fulfill Canada's international obligations as set out by the WIPO Treaties
- THEREFORE, your petitioners call upon Parliament to pass a Copyright Act amendment only when it properly recognizes the rights of Canadian citizens by making technological protection measure circumvention illegal only when such circumvention is done to infringe copyright, and by allowing technological protection measure circumvention tools to be distributed. We further call upon Parliament to retain the exemptions outlined in sections 30.1(1)(c), 31.1, 41.25, 41.26, and 41.27, as described in the First Reading of Bill C-32 of the 3rd Session of the 40th Canadian Parliament in any Copyright Act amendment.
This is based on Denver's excellent Bill C-61 petition .
Changes so far:
- Changed session of parliament
- Checked references to sections of bill
- Updated creators who spoke out against C-32
- Changed "technical measures" to "technical protection measures"