The Canadian government is about to bring down Canadaâ€™s version of the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and it promises to be the worst copyright law in the developed world. It will contain an â€œanti-circumventionâ€ clause that prohibits breaking the locks off your music and movies in order to move them to new devices or watch them after the company that made them goes out of business â€” and it will follow the USâ€™s disastrous lead with theÂ DMCA in that there will be no exceptions to the ban on circumvention, not even for parody, fair dealing, time shifting, or other legal uses.
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Basically, in the US, it is illegal to even â€˜pick the locksâ€™ of anything that is keeping you from accessing the content, EVEN IF YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO SO.
In plain English? You canâ€™t rip songs off YOUR CDs to play on YOUR iPod. The company who runs theÂ DRM system goes out of business? Too bad. Want to unlock your cell phone to run on another network? Nope. You want to copy an eBook that is in the public domain? No way. You want to use a clip from a documentary DVD in your own commentary? Fat chance. You want to backup anything copyrighted that you bought? Think again.
The list goes on and onâ€¦