Sun, 05 Dec 2004

One centerpiece argument for banning circumvention devices was that, otherwise, copyright holders won't put their material online (I think there's a strong case to be made for statutory licensing for online distribution, but that's another issue). So we passed the Digital Agenda modifications to our Copyright Act in 1999. Now we're getting harsher laws under the Australia - US Free Trade agreement.

Meanwhile, Canada have taken a much more skeptical view of strengthening copyright monopolies, have resisted passing laws banning circumvention devices, and have not signed the WIPO "Copyright" Treaties. And they just got an iTunes store.

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