Did you break the law today?

Well, if Bill C-60 passes you probably did. According to an article in the Globe and Mail yesterday, the bill will amend the copyright act to make providing any copyrighted material via an information search tool illegal. This of course includes tools such as the ever popular Google search engine. Sigh.

If you want to break the internet, this would be a good way to do it. Of course, this will just result in people finding new ways (yet again) to find the goods they want. Trying to police the internet is like trying to fix a leaky roof with duct tape. Instead of using fear and lawsuits to keep users from downloading copyrighted material, why not make legally acquiring the material more beneficial and a better bargain? It’s hard to compete with free, but if a site could offer me convenience and quality at a low cost I would be interested. Let’s see some innovation to bring the buyers back to the table. Anyways, who has $18 for a CD these days anyways?


One Response to “Did you break the law today?”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Wow… this law could be interpreted in so many ways… your average College Student (TM) will now suffer even more, as Google Scholar, EBSCO, and other educational resources go down. Not to mention free …. stuff….

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