[d@DCC] Legislative Amendments to the Radiocommunication Act Respecting
Direct-to-Home Satellite Television - Questions and Answers
russell at flora.ca
Wed Apr 28 12:53:14 EDT 2004
Industry Canada has this on their website. Comments greatly
appreciated. I don't understand why legislation is needed for this,
rather than upgrading these systems to using digital technology where
there would not be "exposed cards". Doing a quick search for "AVR cards"
I found things such as SOSSE (Simple Operating System for Smartcard
Education - http://www.mbsks.franken.de/sosse/ ) which is GPL'd operating
system for smart cards. I only find references to generic smart
card/micro-controller technology, with the main reference to AVR cards
being devices for infringement coming from Industry Canada itself.
I guess a useful piece of information for the committee would be to let them
know alternative uses for this technology so that it is understood that
they are not just banning devices for infringement, but devices and
possibly software that has considerable non-infringing purposes.
"Satellite piracy can also imperil public safety. The use of pirating
devices has been found to create signal interference with
communications systems used by airline, search and rescue and police
I still haven't gotten anything satisfactory on this, and have only seen
references to a defective DVD player.
"1. Why is Industry Canada so concerned about this particular
Public safety and Search and Rescue agencies are critically dependent
on their radiocommunication systems to provide services to the
public. When their radio systems are interfered with, the ability to
protect and serve the public is impaired, leaving human lives and
property at risk."
Note: Sending relevant information to INST at parl.gc.ca to be translated and
forwarded to the committee would be helpful. There will only be so much
time available for me to speak, so other people should be submitting
information as well.
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