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August 25, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» (Digital) Locks are multipurpose tools, and can be used or abused

In an interview by Jesse Brown of CBC's Search Engine, Jim Prentice suggested that "even for private personal use ... one should not be breaking a digital lock". This statement, along with many others made in the interview, suggest that Minister Prentice does not understand the controversy around the uses and abuses of digital locks. His suggestion that the recording industry has been moving away from digital locks also reminds us that he is unaware that most of the controversy is not around locks applied to content, but locks applied to devices (Even in the “DRM” debate, Content is not King).

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Linked to: Rattling Books, a Canadian audio book publisher based in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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August 22, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Garth Turner: copyright law everyone hates

Some interesting notes in an article on Garth Turner's blog:

And for a half hour before the main event, Dion and I met with three or four dozen bloggers, where he fielded questions on everything from a current right-wing assault on the Supreme Court to the copyright law everyone hates. Although I would not call him a digital guy, he clearly understands the power of the medium to reach increasing numbers of voters and citizens. Most importantly, as I mentioned yesterday, my very relationship with this man is worth marking. Harper read my blog and threw me out. Dion reads it, and asks us all in.

Hat tip to Michael Geist.

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» Vancouver Centre NDP candidate Michael Byers on C-61

Michael Byers posted a link to the interview I did with him, and is continuing the conversation in comments on his blog. Noticing that Hon. Hedy Fry, the incumbent Liberal in that riding, has been going around doing consultations with Canadians I asked Mr. Byers his impressions of what she has been saying.

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August 18, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Bruce Stanton Copyright town hall on Aug 28

The August issue of Standon's "Staying Connected" lists riding events, including a Copyright town hall.

August 28'th -- Copyright Reform
Coldwater -- Royal Canadian Legion Branch 270 (2 Michael Anne Dr.) 7pm-9pm

Folks from Toronto have organized a bus and made a facebook event. Looking forward to reading summaries/etc.

» Copyright crusaders to launch cyber campaign

A Canadian Press article published by CTV and Google talks about the movement for fair copyright. Michael Geist and Kempton Lam are features, with Industry Minister Jim Prentice and Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal also mentioned.

Article linked via SlashDot.

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» Copyright shift format

Today's globe and mail has an editorial on Bill C-61 which is critical of the bill, but not nearly critical enough. Here is the reply I sent to the editor. I could have said much much more, but the likelihood of being printed and the length of the submission has a very strong inverse relationship.

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August 15, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Hedy Fry’s Copyright Balance

Jeremy Costin writes on weblawg.net about recent statements made by Dr. Hedy Fry on copyright and C-61. It references an article by fellow constituent Chuck LeDuc Díaz which includes a reply letter from Dr. Fry.

» Canadian DMCA Doomed if Government Follows Through and Triggers Election

An article by Drew Wilson for ZeroPaid offers a bit of history on the death of Liberal Bill C-60 and the possible death of Conservative Bill C-61.

We all need to remember that an election being called is not the death of this policy direction, but an opportunity to educate and influence politicians who will be listening far more closely to constituents during an election.

Those who have been pushing this summer to meet with their MP should expand to meeting nominated candidates for a potential upcoming election. We have started to do that for some Ottawa area ridings (I'm focused on Ottawa South).

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August 5, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Unauthorized music filesharing is already infringing in Canada, clarified under C-61

There is a common claim you will hear in Canada about music filesharing: that the "private copying" regime makes it all legal in Canada. There was a comment to this effect in this blog after an article where I described how the recording industry has thus far chosen not to sue people for infringement in Canada.

While I am not a lawyer (IANAL), and nobody knows for certain what a court will say until after they have said it, all evidence I have seen (the law itself and related court cases) suggests that those who think that unauthorized filesharing (of music or non-music) is currently non-infringing in Canada are working only on wishful thinking.

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August 4, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Sukh Dhaliwal town hall meeting on C-61

A press release on Sukh Dhaliwal's site talks about a C-61 town hall meeting on July 30, 2008.

August 1, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Bill C-61 and Civil Liberties

The following is from the BC Civil Liberties Association, announcing their Bill C-61 and Civil Liberties position paper.

The opposition to Bill C-61 has focused on the protection of technological protection measures (TPMs, also known as digital rights management or DRM), digital locks intended to allow rights holders to control how their work is copied and distributed and to limit infringing use of these works. However, in doing so, TPMs prevent a myriad of legitimate uses, such as time and format shifting, or copies for personal use, educational purposes, review purposes, research, and parody.

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July 31, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Access and use "technological measures" - a legal distinction without a technological difference?

Last Friday I had the opportunity to speak with a lawyer that was trying to understand the differences between "access controls" and "use controls" in the context of technological measures used by copyright holders. Bill C-61, in the definition of "technological measure", makes a differentiation. In our discussions she observed that nearly every technological measure that controls the "use" of a copyrighted work restricts "access" to the work first. It was then asked if if was appropriate to differentiate between the two at all.

I'm a technical person, and while I love to talk to lawyers about technology law, I can't answer why lawyers want to make this distinction. All I can do is share my technical knowledge, and hope that the legal community will author and interpret laws that make sense.

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July 29, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Candian band staples CC-licensed CDs to phone-poles with anti-Canadian-DMCA messages

A BoingBoing article by Cory Doctorow documents how the band The Craft Economy is handing out music CD's with an anti-C-61 message. According to their BLOG they have been handing out / sending / posting a bunch of CDs throughout Toronto and the Hillside Festival in Guelph. Guelph is in the middle of a by-election, with NDP candidate Tom king wanting to make Copyright and C-61 into an election issue.

July 26, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Score 1 for Cell Phone Competition, Score 0 for Copyright Laws

An interesting article on Conservatism.ca by Paul Holmes that discusses a better way forward copyright law. It focuses on providing incentives (non-enforceability of copyright) to copyright holders to appropriately license their works in standard file formats usable by all devices. I strongly agree with Paul that the core of the copyright sale problem is the lack of the buy me now button for copyright and not that average citizens have turned to "theft".

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» Technical measures briefing

I was invited yesterday to a meeting hosted at a government office where a private sector lawyer wished to better understand the technical underpinnings of the technical measures we are discussing in C-61. The departments (Heritage and Industry) often do this type of thing, facilitating dialogue between stakeholders.

So that I could move past the basics quickly and get to their questions, I created two handouts. One was a handout based on my "There are 4 things in my hand" explanation I use to help people understand technical measures (OpenDocument, PDF). The other was a set of scenarios involving copyrighted works where we discussed the actual technological measures involved, and what those measures were applied to (OpenDocument,PDF).

Please use these documents in any way you wish. If you have questions or comments, please let me know.

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» Bill C-61 letter from Pierre Poilievre (Nepean Carleton)

After meeting with Pierre Poilievre, M.P. for Nepean Carleton, a constituent received this very familiar looking letter. If other people have received similar letters, I am curious to hear your stories.


Dear <constituent name>

Thank you for your correspondence on this important issue. Your thoughts and ideas are important to me. I apologize for my delayed response.

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July 22, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Langley MP Mark Warawa and Newton-North Delta MP Sukh Dhaliwal

Langley MP Mark Warawa is quoted in an article by Andrew Bucholtz in the Langley Times as saying that, “We’ve tried to reach a balance, and we’ve done that over the last year and a half by meeting with all the stakeholders”.

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July 21, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Government copyright bill fails green test

An article by Michael Geist (Toronto Star, his website) talks about a few of the ways in which a copyright bill can be "green" or non-green.

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July 17, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Copyright Q&A with Tom King, NDP candidate for Guelph

The latest I have read is that by-elections for Guelph, Westmount--Ville-Marie, and Saint Lambert will be called on July 20 with a vote set for Monday, September 8. Those of us that consider fair copyright to be an important election issue are already excited by the candidacy of Tom King, a celebrated Canadian author, broadcaster, and University of Guelph professor (Read his "About me" for details -- you will very likely already know of him)

Mr King has indicated he will make copyright fairness an issue during the by-election, and has already announced an event in Toronto on July 24, 2008 to meet with regional artists, activists and academics who are opposed to the Conservatives’ Bill C-61.

The following is my Q&A with him.

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» Anthony Rota's view on Bill C-61

Here is the letter I got from my MP Anthony Rota in my hometown riding of Nippising-Timiskaming, in response to a message I sent him about Bill C-61.

Kyle,

Thank you for your correspondence regarding Bill C-61. I appreciate having the benefit of your comments.

In your email, you voice opposition to changes and criminalization of various actions that the bill will bring forth.

My Liberal colleagues and I understand your concerns and we believe that the bill must strike the right balance between consumers and creators.

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