- Apr 24, 2007
Matt_LRR said:If I remember correctly, you are allowed to make *1* backup copy, and you are only allowed to format shift *once*. Ie. legally, you can put your music onto the computer, in mp3 form as a *backup*, but you can't then put it onto your ipod or mp3 player as a format shift. That would be *2* copies, which would be illegal.Andy Chalk said:Which is a crying shame, because the bill is written in such a way as to say:Matt_LRR said:C-32 is a whole 'nother argument and while it's absolutely worth discussing, at least among Canadians, I didn't think it was relevant enough to this to bear getting sidetracked on.Andy Chalk said:I'm interested that in your mention of Canada as a part of the 301 report, you didn't make any reference to Canda's own Bill C-32, introduced last month as the "Canadian Copyright Modernization act" to bring us in line with that report.
But, since you mentioned it, anyone who doubts the influence that the US can bring to bear on other nations need only look at the Canadian situation. US pressure is largely responsible for the government's dogged determination to update the country's copyright laws and bring them more in line with the US's vision of the modern era. And those laws are heavily slanted in favour of rightsholders - your average user is pretty much left out in the cold.
You, as a user, are allowed to:
1. make backup copies.
2. time shift
3. format shift
Oh, unless the content distributor locked it.
They came *so* close to actually passing meaningful reforms, and then took it all away in favour of corporate interest.
Which of course is rendered null and void if the distributer locks the content, as it is illegal to break the lock...
Nothing like making consumer rights absolutely null and void...