A great deal of controversy arose when Bill C-11 was first placed on the table. The biggest concern seemed to be whether or not the restrictions laid out within the Bill would infringe upon the freedom of expression and freedom of opinion of media users. Whether that be the case or not, Bill C-11 has been put into play, although there are still revisions that will continue to be made. The main purpose of this bill is to prevent activities dealing with piracy, more specifically online piracy. There are many websites that facilitate copyright infringement, which under this bill will be more or less blocked from use. Another key component of the bill is the ‘digital lock’, which “allows a copyright holder to encrypt files to stop unwanted copying, or limit the amount of times the file is moved to prevent piracy” (Vancouvers Online Source) .
In a nutshell, this is a legal method to criminalize acts of piracy, with very real consequences. A great deal of people were against the implementation of this bill, which says something about its credibility with the public. In other words, was it a wise decisions? Will their be hell to pay? Is the continuous effort to criminalize every action we make going to lead to criminal acts of a more confrontational manner? If you treat people like criminals, they will act like criminals; that’s just the rebellious nature of humans.
If you want to learn more about Bill C-11, I would recommend a visit to Michael Geist’s blog, which gives daily updates about new developments in the world of technology and law.
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