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[News] [Rival] Canadadian 'Anti-Free Software' Laws with Microsoft's Help?

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Canada moots tough sanctions for DRM flouters

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| The Canadian government today unveiled a controversial proposal to update the 
| country's copyright laws. 
| [...]
| It's a somewhat confusing solution that government officials behind the bill 
| call a "balanced approach to truly benefit Canadians". 


Microsoft's role can be found at the bottom. More intellectual monopoly:

RAF strafes Next in pirated duvet copyright rumpus

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| The Royal Air Force is suing a high-street shopping chain for violating its 
| intellectual property rights.  


Last week:

Red Hat founder speaks against Canada's copyright reform

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| Lulu Inc. CEO Bob Young is a major voice in the open source software
| industry, but according to him the entire community has been unjustifiably
| ignored throughout the Canadian government's copyright reform initiatives.
| Last year, the Conservative government vowed to adopt copyright laws which
| would make it illegal to modify or remove any device or software fitted with
| a technical protection measures (TPMs). After months of hearsay and numerous
| delays, the buzz on Parliament Hill now suggests a proposed copyright bill
| from Industry Minister Jim Prentice is imminent.
| In the wake of these rumors -- which many industry activists have begun
| referring to as the Canadian version of the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright
| Act (DMCA) -- a new open source software alliance has added their name to the
| lengthy list of opposition to the Industry Minister's soon-to-be-unveiled
| legislation.



Microsoft Misleads on Copyright Reform

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| The Hill Times this week includes an astonishingly misleading and factually
| incorrect article on Canadian copyright written by Microsoft.


Canadian DMCA On Hold?

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| Rumours tonight indicate that the government has again decided to delay
| introducing the Canadian DMCA.  With the House of Commons off next week and
| the budget coming the following week, if this is true it would appear that
| there will be no copyright legislation for at least another month (assuming
| there is no election).    



CD copying OK, DRM circumvention not OK

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| Circumventing DRM to make copies for personal use will remain illegal for
| consumers, under copyright reform proposals floated by the UK government
| today....Copyright law should also recognise that consumers can legitimately
| make copies of copyright material they've already bought, the government
| proposes.    
| Speaking at the launch today, Lord Triesman said it made no sense to prevent
| someone making a playlist for use in the car from material they had
| legitimately purchased.  


Microsoft: We Like DRM

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| Steve Jobs wants the music business to drop restrictions for digital
| tunes. But Microsoft, which began competing head to head with Apple
| in the digital music business last fall, is happy with the way things
| are, says media exec Robbie Bach.

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