Quote:The deadline for comments on Industry Canada's draft anti-spam regulations passed earlier this week with a group of 13 industry associations - including the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Marketing Association, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association and the Entertainment Software Association of Canada - submitting a lengthy document that, if adopted, would gut much of the law.Read more: michaelgeist.ca
This provision would effectively legalize spyware in Canada on behalf of these industry groups. The potential scope of coverage is breathtaking: a software program secretly installed by an entertainment software company designed to detect or investigate alleged copyright infringement would be covered by this exception. This exception could potentially cover programs designed to block access to certain websites (preventing the contravention of a law as would have been the case with SOPA), attempts to access wireless networks without authorization, or even keylogger programs tracking unsuspecting users (detection and investigation).
The only option this leaves is for consumers to never purchase any authentic content, no software, music CD's, DVD's period.
Perhaps this could extend to hardware as well, drivers, or even programmed on chips. There's going to be a big market for equipment manufactured before this if it's allowed to happen.
The other disturbing thing is if it's hardware based, do you think the manufacturer will make models specifically for Canada only? Nope is the answer there.
Cutting off the nose to spite the face is the latest answer to the outdated business model they insist on maintaining?
Seems the entertainment industry is bent on suicide.