Copyright bill c-32, digital locks, and US MGE v GE decision

One of the most controversial aspects of the copyright reform bill is the digital lock provisions, which make it unlawful to break digital locks, even if it is only to exercise a right copyright law actually gives you.

A new US case has limited the effect of the US DMCA digital lock provisions, saying that they don’t prevent one from braking a digital lock to view or use a work.   As Michael Geist points out, that makes the Canadian proposal much tougher than the existing US provisions.