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November 4, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice leaving politics

Jim Prentice, current Environment Minister and Industry Minister when Bill C-61 was tabled, has now stepped down.

Media: CBC.

September 27, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Jim Prentice Calgary Centre-North 2008 Federal Election All Candidates Debate

Kempton advertised a debate on September 30, 2008 in Calgary Centre-North, riding for Industry Minister Jim Prentice who tabled the anti-technology Bill C-61.

September 11, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Service providers must beware informed consumers

CBC's Peter Nowak interviews Liberal Scott Brison, incumbent MP for Kings-Hants in Nova Scotia. Brison is now the industry critic, the Liberals' counterpoint to Minister of Industry Jim Prentice.

September 5, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Canadians fed US-style copyright legislation? I wish!

In an article in p2pnet , Charlie Angus, Digital Spokesperson for the New Democratic Party, said that "Under Stephen Harper, Canadians are being force-fed US-style copyright legislation." When I read this, all I could think is "I wish"!

While I've written about how some aspects of C-61 are lifted near-identical out of the USA's DMCA, I have not yet put them in context with the rest of their copyright act. Bill C-61, like the DMCA, is a set of changes between the previous Copyright and a new Copyright. US copyright law was more fair before their DMCA than Canadian law is now, and if Canada takes the direction articulated in C-61 we will become that much worse than US law. As bad as this would be, I would be happier to have Canada simply adopt current US law (DMCA and all) than to apply Bill C-61 to current Canadian law.

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August 19, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Corey Grajkowski's blog

I wanted to quickly hilight Corey Grajkowski's blog. His "about me" says the following:

I am mostly concerned about where technology and law meet. I fear that those who make the laws will not understand the effects it will actually have. I leave other political issues to those who know more than me. I am the founder for the Fair Copyright for Canada - Edmonton Chapter and I support the CIPPIC.

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July 10, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Furor over text message fiasco prompts Ottawa's intervention

An ITBusiness.ca article by Brian Jackson discusses how politicians have got involved in the proposal to charge for inbound text messages.

Attached below is a bulletin sent out by Industry Canada yesterday. I find it interesting that the Minister wants an "explanation" about charging for inbound (often unsolicited) text messages, but it uninterested in getting an "explanation" from the lobby that wants to be able to legally apply digital locks to hardware they do not own.

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July 5, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Is Canadian minister violating Google copyright?

In what is typical of those who seem to have the most moral outrage for private citizens violating copyright, Jim Prentice had (quickly removed, but that is no defence!) infringing images on his website.

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July 4, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Made Worse in Canada (feat. Jim Prentice), with additional commentary

An amazing audio/music mashup (Includes Jim Prentice, Colin Carrie, Charlie Angus, Howard Knopf, David Fewer, etc). Also check out the Jim Prentice Remix.

This is the type of creativity our laws MUST protect! We need a living fair use regime to protect this artist's right to extract these political clips without permission or payment, and we need this artist to be legally protected to fully control the digital tools for their creativity without having any foreign locks that get in their way!

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July 1, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» C-61 Intro with interviews with Jim Prentice

A SFFaudio article by Jesse Willis offers an introduction to C-61 with the Minister's media scrum and the Search Engine interview. Please read the bill and then listen to these, and spot the number of errors the Minister makes. Have you seen evidence that he has read the bill yet?

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June 23, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Hugh McGuire: Open Letter to Ministers re: Bill C-61

Hugh McGuire is the Founder of LibriVox.org, a volunteer service that created audio books from public domain books. In his Open Letter to Ministers Prentice and Verner he discusses some of the harmful implications of legal protection for digital locks put around public domain or otherwise liberally licensed works.

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June 19, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Charlie Angus on Bill-61, Canadian DMCA copyright law

More conversation between the Minister of Industry and Charlie Angus this afternoon.


Format shifting and time shifting are *NOT* permitted in this bill, contrary to what the Minister claims.

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» Confirmed: Jim Prentice on Search Engine.

Jesse Brown confirmed that Industry Minister Jim Prentice will be on his Search Engine CBC show.

Don't expect Mr. Prentice to be honest about the contents of the bill, as thus far he has been misleading people about the origins and contents of the bill. But it will give some interesting quotes if he strays from his minimal briefing notes.

Update: See new article on Search Engine post-interview, and notes from Howard Knopf and Michael Geist, Cory Doctorow

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June 11, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» 51'st State: It's US vs U.S. in the battle for Canadian Sovereignty

Gordon Duggan at Appropriation Art has published a comic (PDF) about Canadian Copyright revision. It is a classic battle of good vs. evil of comic proportions where the "Evil Emissaries of American Interests try to suppress the Fantastic Freedom of Expression Fighters".

The cast of characters is somehow familiar.

Evil Emissaries (Or just misinformed?): Harper, Bush, Prentice, Henderson, McTeague, Wilkins, Feinstein / Cronyn, Schwarzenegger, Glickman, Frith, Oda

Fantastic Freedom Fighters: Angus, Doctorow, Geist, Knopf, Murray, Page, McOrmond

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June 5, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Prentice's Staff Scrubbing Copyright Controversy From Wikipedia Entry

Michael Geist reports: Prentice's Staff Scrubbing Copyright Controversy From Wikipedia Entry. This was picked up by the CBC.

Pretty sad that Industry Canada employees are stooping so low as to try to manipulate the message on Wikipedia. Our tax dollars at work.

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June 4, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Industry Minister Jim Prentice sidesteps question on counterfeit treaty and Copyright bill

If you look up counterfeit in Wikipedia it starts with, "A counterfeiting is an imitation that is made usually with the intent to deceptively represent its content or origins." What would you call a treaty that is being negotiated in secret, needed a Wikileaks leak to get past the fact that Access to Information requests were getting blacked out pages, is called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), and yet has contents which have little to nothing to do with counterfeiting?

I think we have a treaty where its very title seems to have the intent to deceptively represent its content and origins.

Within parliament we appear to have a member that is trying to get at the truth about this government counterfeiting. Charlie Angus, the NDP's digital issues critic and the sitting MP that seems to best understand digital issues, had yet another exchange with the Minister of Industry Jim Prentice. This exchange included this counterfeit treaty and the fact the Copyright bill was not to be tabled today.

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June 2, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» The Unofficial Canadian DMCA Background Document

Please read Michael Geist's summary and predictions around the expected tabling of the Canadian DMCA on Wednesday.