return to OCLUG Web Site
A Django site.
October 15, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» The New Copyright MPs

Michael Geist reports that, "coming out of last night's election, 34 candidates who supported the copyright pledge during the campaign were elected - 11 Liberals and 23 New Democrats".

October 6, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» 50 More Candidates Support Copyright Pledge as Liberals Show Support

The list of candidates supporting the Copyright Pledge has been updated on Monday the 6'th.

If your candidates aren't on this list, then ask them if they would take the pledge.

Addition: Hijal De Sarkar (NDP, Ottawa South)

read more

» It’s the candidates, not the parties

P2pnet editor Jon Newton has decided to come out in support of a specific party, namely the NDP, as the party people should support if the issues we cover on p2pnet are important to you. While I agree with some of the specific candidates he mentions, such as Timmins–James Bay candidate and NDP digital spokesperson Charlie Angus, and Vancouver Centre candidate Michael Byers, I believe it’s the candidates we need to concentrate on, and not the parties.

Read full article on p2pnet.

read more

October 5, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» Angus calls on artists/digital activists to get out vote

A press release from NDP Digital Spokesman Charlie Angus discusses how digital issues could play a role in key ridings like Vancouver Centre (Michael Byers), Westmount (Anne Legacé Dowson), Guelph (Tom King) and Pardale High Park (Peggy Nash).

September 29, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» Tories targeting 40 key unheld ridings in Quebec, Ontario

A Hill Times article by Simon Doyle, Abbas Rana and Bea Vongdouanchanh documents the 40 Conservative targeted ridings. The in-paper version included a table of the ridings, and I've linked this article with the 40 ridings so people will know if they are one of them.

Please try to talk to all Candidates about copyright, but especially talk to the Conservatives in these ridings. It would be great if during this election that the Conservatives could find their "Charlie Angus" -- someone who can switch the party from being anti-technology/modernization to being an advocate.

read more

July 29, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
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
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» By-elections will be held on Monday, September 8, 2008

July 25, 2008: Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced today that by-elections will be held on Monday, September 8, 2008 in the ridings of Guelph (Ontario), Westmount-Ville Marie (Quebec) and Saint Lambert (Quebec).

July 17, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
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.

Read the rest of this entry on IT World Canada's BLOG »

read more

» Tom king continues to push the copyright issue as an issue for the guelph by-election.

Press release: TOM KING TO MEET COPYRIGHT ACTIVISTS IN TORONTO

GUELPH – NDP candidate for Guelph and author Tom King will be in Toronto on July 24, 2008 to meet with regional artists, activists and academics who are opposed to the Conservatives’ Bill C-61. The event, which is being held at the Edward Day Art Gallery, will look at strategies for opposing the U.S.-style copyright legislation.

read more

July 16, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» Liberal party finances may mean 3 rather than 4 by-elections

An article by John Ivison for the National Post discusses the latest speculation about when by-elections might be called. It suggests by-elections in Guelph, Westmount--Ville-Marie, and Saint Lambert will be called on July 20 with a vote set for Monday, September 8.

John Godfrey, the Liberal MP for Don Valley West, is not going to resign until August 1. Speculation is that this is because the Liberals are too cash-strapped to have 4 by-elections at the same time. If this is true, how can they afford a general election?

read more

» Canada’s Copyright party is … the NDP?

In many of the comments about Bill C-61 on BLOGS all across Canada you can hear people saying that all the parties are the same, and that we need a Canadian Pirate Party. The Pirate Party (Swedish: Piratpartiet) is a political party in Sweden that focus on one issue: reforming of so-called "Intellectual Property" laws such as patent, copyright, trademark and other related laws (also called PCT) to better integrate with a modern technological and participatory society.

There is, however, something exciting happening in one party that warrants a closer look for those who think fair copyright reform is important, and that is the NDP.

Read full article on p2pnet >>

See also: Copyright in Canada by Jon Newton which hilights a number of related articles.

read more

July 11, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» Tom King to make Copyright Fairness a by-election issue

Just received the following press release: Guelph residents’ voice must be heard in fight for copyright fairness for Canadian artists and consumers

GUELPH – NDP candidate Tom King today pledged to raise controversial changes to Canada’s copyright laws as an election issue in the upcoming Guelph by-election. King, a longtime artist and writer, fears that Conservative’s controversial Bill C-61 will reward U.S. corporate lobby efforts, while punishing Canadian artists and consumers.

read more

June 30, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» Guelph byelection expected soon.

At the Fair Copyright gathering last week there was discussion of byelections this summer which could be an important place for the Copyright debate. Past Guelph MP, Hon. Brenda Chamberlain (Liberal) resigned as of April 7.

While the Elections Canada nomination database might be outdated, it lists the following candidates.

read more