[kwlug-disc] Wikileaks and C-32

Paul Nijjar paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca
Sun May 1 05:32:17 EDT 2011

For those of us who don't follow Russell's blog: apparently there is a
new batch of Wikileaks cables that confirm our suspicions: the US
pressured Canada to pass copyright legislation that contained the
digital locks sections we love so much: 


I found the following talking-points memo interesting. From 

" - As we have previously shared, the USG believes that 
effective copyright legislation accounting for modern and 
changing technology would include: 
       - Prohibition of both manufacturing and trafficking of 
technological protection measure (TPM) circumvention devices; 
       - Prohibition of circumvention of TPMs that control 
access to works ("access controls"); 
       - Deterrent penalties against unauthorized 
circumvention -- both civil and criminal; 
       - If there are any exceptions to TPM or rights 
management information (RMI) liability, the exceptions should 
be clearly enumerated and sufficiently limited; 
       - Overall the bill should strengthen the current level 
of copyright protection and enforcement in Canada. 

Whoever forms the next government will have to deal with this issue
again, and these cables suggest that the DRM restrictions will remain.
If we don't appease the US then bad things tend to happen.


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