Fighting a Canadian anti-freedom law, and boilerplate

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On BoingBoing
there is an article about how Canada ia starting work on an anti-DRM law, and how you should send email to several government offices to help stop it.
One link they give is to
a web form on OnlineRights.ca
that comes pre-populated with long, somewhat vitriolic boilerplate:

Subject: I Support Balanced Copyright Reform

I am a constituent who cares about Canada’s cultural policy, and I am writing in regard to legislative proposals for “copyright reform.” During the last Parliament, Bill C-60 provided some very sensible approaches to this complicated topic, but it also left room for improvement. As you consider the issue of copyright reform, I hope that you will work to ensure that any new legislation is not a regression from the sensible policies set out in Bill C-60.

In particular, I do not believe that “digital rights management” (DRM) technologies should stop the public from making lawful uses of their legitimately acquired media. Publishers using DRM push aside the delicate balance between copyright and the rights of the public – a balance set according to an assessment of the public interest by legislators – and replace it with one-sided rules that reflect publishers’ private interests. Even artists disagree with publishers’ anti-consumer use of DRM, as evidenced by the recently formed Canadian Music Creators Coalition. Therefore, as in Bill C-60, new copyright reform legislation should not make it illegal to circumvent DRM for lawful purposes.

I am also concerned that the use of DRM can threaten computer security and consumer privacy, as in the recent Sony-BMG “Rootkit” fiasco. When content companies routinely use technological measures to control how people enjoy entertainment in the privacy of their own homes, I think we need protection *from* DRM more than we need protection *for* it.

These concerns are shared by a substantial and growing number of informed Canadian citizens. I hope that you will take them into account when considering any changes to Canadian copyright law. Thanks very much for your time.

I spent a little time going through it and boiled the boilerplate down to this:

Subject: Copyright “Reform”

You may be getting a lot of “boiler-plate” email from the web site onlinerights.ca, but what it all boils down to is this:

I’m writing about upcoming legislation for “copyright reform.”

I don’t think “digital rights management” (DRM) technologies should stop lawful uses of legitimately acquired media. New copyright reform legislation should not make it illegal to circumvent DRM for lawful purposes.

I think a lot of Canadian citizens feel the same way.

Thanks for listening.

I really hate getting boilerplate.

politics, Reid.

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