Canadian Copyright Consultation Counter-Criticisms O, Canada? They're at it again. In 2008 GBAtemp and the CCER delivered an urgent message about copyright reform to Canadians. In 2009 your efforts and the efforts of other like-minded Canadian citizens yielded results in the form of public consultations from the government of Canada; which turned out to be the most successful public consultation to date. Today, in 2010, we find certain parties (.doc) attempting to discredit that progress. In their efforts to quash the accomplishments of the CCER and others, GBAtemp is cited as an example of a consultation contributing website with a primarily non-Canadian user base. They negatively imply that approximately 5% of GBAtemp's membership is Canadian, which somehow makes our contributions suspect to these individuals. To them we give the following statistic: 5% of 234,242 members is nearly twelve thousand people. They also cite that by discussing the issue on non-Canadian-centric websites we somehow encouraged global participation and invalidated the responses. This couldn't be further from the case. Citizens of Canada were specifically geo-targeted and it was made clear that only Canadian responses would be valid. The only thing we asked of the global community is that they perhaps spread the word and take caution about similar legislation in their locales. That is an utterly ridiculous claim to make, as the internet is a public forum open to the global community. This is an unavoidable facet of having a world wide web. There are very few websites that allow only a specific regional demographic. One must also consider that the most popular and influential websites that have aided in this process are global social websites such as digg, facebook, and twitter. The state of digital rights has changed greatly over the past two decades. We are now living in an age in which established bands have released full albums in digital form at no cost via bit torrent sites. Television program ratings sampled from PVR/DVR and other TiVo-like TV recording devices are being considered every bit as valuable as the traditional Nielson ratings. Said programs are also being broadcast via websites like Hulu and TV network sites at no consumer cost. Things have changed. The CCER welcomes copyright reform, however there is a generational and regional gap at play in this reform process. The copyright reform that has been proposed by government officials and US lobbyists thus far is outdated and doesn't take into consideration the ever-changing and evolving state of copyright. Canada needs copyright reform, but we need modern legislation with the modern day public, consumer, and creator in mind.