Canada's Copyright Law

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Canada's copyright law is one of our hardest laws to enforce. The reason

the police have so much trouble enforcing this law, is due to technology. This

law is very easy to break, and once broken, it is very hard to track down

violators. So although some form of a copyright law is needed, the one we have

has, too many holes to be effective. There are three main ways in which the

copyright law is broken in everyday life. They is audio/video tape copying,

plagiarism, and software piracy.

The first, and most commonly violated aspect of the copyright law, is the

copying of audio tapes for oneself and friends. Thanks to the invention of dual

cassette stereos, this has become very easy. You simply take an original or even

another copy of a tape, as well as a blank tape. Stick them both in to the

stereo and bingo you have a new tape.

You also just broke the law.

Along with copying audio tapes, now we can copy video tapes almost as

easily. If you hook two VCR's together, they can copy from one to the other.

You could rent a movie form the video store, copy and return it, with no one the


The problem with copying video and audio tapes is that for every copy you

make the recording artist, the actors, producers and everyone else who collect

royalties from the tapes lose money. If the companies start to lose money, they

raise prices. Thus a vicious circle begins. As prices go up, fewer people buy

original copies. If less people buy the original cassettes prices will once

again rise.

Another major form of piracy is plagiarism. The stealing of someone

elses ideas or work. The biggest category of people who fall into here...