Digital Copyright Canada
Digital Copyright Canada
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Read the rest of this entry on IT World Canada's BLOG »
Please read Michael Geist's summary and predictions around the expected tabling of the Canadian DMCA on Wednesday.