I am not a pirate, and I'm sure I've made it clear to my peers and students that there are numerous alternatives to the piracy game. This copyright law actually hurts those alternatives. Creative Commons Music (http://ccmixter.org) and Documentation licenses will require a complete revision. These revisions will inhibit the open distribution of Canadian content and global content within Canada.
Though these laws reflect those seen in the draconian DMCA in the United States it is taken much further by inhibiting the ability for any Canadian to produce and distribute content by supporting the lock-down on DRM tools. Though I personally hope that DRM goes away it does protect the market in a semi-malicious way (by limiting fair use, it drives up profits for new musicians). This law will not help unestablished musicians or the market for Canadian content (which the CRTC is supposed to protect). If this still seems confusing I'll point it out:
-- Need to apply DRM to reach a wider Audience (ITunes, Zune, Etc.)
-- Becoming Illegal to use non-professional DRM tools
-- If cannot reach mainstream, no professional contract
-- Hurts Canadian musicians and authors
I hope that my peers at the university will recognize this as well. Protecting our culture is about keeping it unlimited by any undue regulation. Though the business model that made a Sam the Record Man store appear in every mall in North America (It didn't that was a failure) might be protected, our traditional Library and free/fair use system would be irreparably crippled by the loss. I hope you believe in the free and open sharing of human knowledge and art.
The last hope we have if this bill passes is for public outcry to reach the Governor-General/Queen to apply a veto. A true technical first for Canada coming at just the right time. If your representative isn't voting No, I would recommend following the example of others and calling them along with your friends until they understand that no ideology in business or politics is worth suppressing the human need for self-expression or the enjoyment of art. (http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/269)
Please get involved. (http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2008/06/13/tech-copyright.html)