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December 16, 2011

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» House stands adjourned until Monday, January 30, 2012

As the Hansard reads, Parliament is now adjourned until Monday, January 30, 2012.

MPs are in their electoral districts, which is the best time for people to contact their MPs and let them know what they think about Bill C-11.

Most MPs, regardless of party affiliation, remain focused on how TPMs may circumvent fair dealings. While this is appropriate when discussing use control TPMs, access control TPMs in C-11 presumably regulate activities never before contemplated in Copyright law.

Conservatives believe this is something where consumer choice can solve any problems, not recognising that much of the harm from abuses of TPMs impact people other than the copyright holder and their audiences.

MPs remain largely unaware that there are 4 classes of owners impacted by Paracopyright, not only the familiar two which the Copyright portions of the bill impact.

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March 26, 2011

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» End of the 40th parliament

As this parliament closes, I'm feeling far more nostalgic than with other parliaments. It might be because I've been going into committee twice a week for a few months, and watching a small subset of MPs interact with each other.

Below is a list of the dates of past parliaments, and the dates of election. The date of the election for the 41'st parliament is May 2, 2011.

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September 1, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Updated MP database

I have updated the MP database to reflect current MPs. All 307 sitting MPs should now be correct. If there are issues, let me know. I will work on creating a new letter for people to send Re: C-32.

The missing MP is in the riding of Winnipeg North which has been vacant since April 27, 2010, when Judy Wasylycia-Leis announced her retirement from federal politics. She is running for mayor of Winnipeg.

June 18, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» No C-32 committee until the fall.

A message from Industry Minister Tony Clement (@TonyClement_MP on Twitter) has indicated that there will be no C-32 special committee struck until the fall. (parl.gc.ca says, "The House of Commons is adjourned until Monday, September 20, 2010")

This should not be taken as meaning we should all take the summer off, but that we have time to ensure that all 308 MPs have an idea of why Copyright is so controversial, and that is not about "creators on one hand, and consumers on the other". My experience over the last near decade is that the debate is largely between different creators, since many of the proposals put forward by some are aimed at their competitors and not infringers.

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December 30, 2009

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» PM seeks Parliament shutdown until March

Press release via pm.gc.ca: "Throne Speech on March 3 and a federal Budget on March 4."

Articles: CBC, CTV, Canwest Global.

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