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Will Apple’s stance on DRM affect Canadian law?

The world is abuzz this morning that the minor demons of the recording industry have kissed Steve Job’s ring, agreeing to scrap DRM on iTunes downloads.  As Michael Geist said: “this decision continues to shift away from the failed strategy of locks and levies, though the industry is still vigorously promoting anti-circumvention laws to protect the very locks that are becoming less and less relevant”.

So when will our own government admit that the copyright “reforms” they are proposing are outmoded, and no longer required?

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  • CT January 8, 2009, 12:46 pm

    What are your views on creators protecting software? Are locks reasonable? relevant?

  • Alec January 8, 2009, 3:20 pm

    I think software is a different beast, and one needs to look at the software and the use case for it. Server software really should be licensed to a specific device while end user software may be usable on multiple devices.

    The nature of software is that it is installed on a device, and usually movable from one device to another, and licensing terms are flexible enough in most cases to accommodate that. Not only that, but a particular piece of software can often be replaced by a similar piece. If you don't like the licensing terms on one, go find one with terms more suited to your tastes.

    In short, I don't have many objections to reasonable rights management on software. It doesn't impact me. It took the software industry more than a decade to figure this out, and the entertainment industry is making all the same mistakes.

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