Because digital rights is such a hard sell to those who don’t immediately grasp it, let me show how C-32 would make me a criminal, three times over. Then you can decide for yourself if what I’m about to describe falls within reasonable use or not.
I. Suspect did willfully disrespect the region-locking of commercial DVDs.
It’s true. In the summer of 2008 I purchased two DVDs about a cat that blogs. They were region-locked for Japan and I got them to play here in Canada using illegal hardware that I got from a shady vendor known in hacker circles as “Wal-Mart“.
II. Suspect did willfully see what was not meant to be seen.
Yup, I downloaded and watched an excellent (if unfinished) documentary on hackers. And it was awesome.
It was funded by Kevin Spacey’s TriggerStreet Productions but shelved before release. The only other way I could have seen it was if I worked in the editing room on the film itself.
Under Bill C-32 my ISP could report me to the MPAA, where presumably I’d be extradited to serve ten years of hard labour as a production assistant on TMZ.
III. Suspect did willfully circumvent DRM to escape vendor lock-in.
Since Apple doesn’t make their popular fart app store/music player available for Linux proper, the only way I could get my hundreds of dollars of legally purchased iTunes tracks to play on my computer was to strip out the DRM. Actually they still won’t play because I can’t find a suitable decoder for Apple’s “Advanced Audio Coding“, but a lock is a lock and I broke it.
So there you have it, three counts of future-crime in direct violation of Bill C-32. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, what’s your verdict?