This provision would effectively legalize spyware in Canada on behalf of these industry groups. The potential scope of coverage is breathtaking: a software program secretly installed by an entertainment software company designed to detect or investigate alleged copyright infringement would be covered by this exception.
Hopefully something like this never sees the light of day in the US and if it does, it helps raise awareness of copyright abuse. The Sony rootkit was a pretty nasty piece of malware that was rather difficult to remove properly. Bad things will happen to the unsuspecting and the more novice computer user should the ability of anyone to install spyware at the root level become legal. If I recall correctly, the Sony rootkit installed before the user accepted the End User License Agreement. Thus, even if you read the EULA and decided not to install or have anything to do with Sony, Sony already parked itself on your computer.