[d@DCC] Bill C-36 - Copyright Act - Add computer programs deposit requirement
Tom at Abacurial.com
Thu May 29 01:51:51 EDT 2003
Dear Member of Parliament,
Today the Canadian Heritage committee will begin studying Bill C-36, "An Act to
establish the Library and Archives of Canada, to amend the Copyright Act and to
amend certain Acts in consequence "
This bill has a number of provisions addressing the deposit of copies of
copyrighted material in the Library and Archives of Canada.
I would like to suggest one addition: computer programs. If anyone seeks
copyright protection for a computer program, they should likewise deposit a
copy with the Library and Archives.
The deposit should not just consist of machine-readable "object code", but
include the human-readable "source code" and instructions and supporting
material that would be sufficient to recreate the executable "object-code"
There is much creativity expressed in computer programs. Source code is
necessary for human beings to appreciate new ideas, new expressions, and new
Many software companies go bankrupt or, merging, discard or lose their old
programs. Maintaining a depository of computer programs' source code will be an
invaluable asset to researchers, programmers, and companies in the future.
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tOM A. Trottier, +1 613 860-6633
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