[kwlug-disc] are you going to be a criminal?

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Sun Jun 6 13:09:00 EDT 2010

On Sun, Jun 6, 2010 at 12:47 PM, Andrew Kohlsmith (mailing lists account) <
aklists at mixdown.ca> wrote:

> On Saturday, June 05, 2010 12:28:49 am unsolicited wrote:
> > But it does have the business of facilitating the enforcement of
> > copyright that is being violated.
> >
> > Please don't obfuscate. We are all agreed that digital locks would
> > diminish the current copyright rights for making a backup, and that
> > that's unacceptable. Making the backup is fair use. Nothing to do with
> > profit.
> Format shifting is also fair use. Being able to watch it on a DVD player of
> my
> own making is also fair use.
> We already have copyright law. We don't need digital locks to enforce it,
> and
> we also don't need to allow <content attribute="copyable"
> value="protected"/>
> to be a valid lock!
> The digital lock provisions in this bill take away our fair use rights
> granted
> by Canadian copyright law. This is wholly unacceptable.

Good point.

To add to that ...

Analogy time: learning how to do lock picking is (as far as I know) not a
Using it to pick locks in your possession is not a crime. Using it to pick
for your friends is not a crime either.

What is a crime is picking a lock to gain entry to a property that is not

So, again, criminal intent is what matters, not just breaking a lock in and

The same should apply to DVDs, DRM, ...etc. Merely breaking a lock should
not be a crime. Breaking it to resell such stuff should be.
Khalid M. Baheyeldin
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