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February 9, 2012

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» Bill C-11 house debate day 8

On February 8, 2012 we had the 8th time when the House of Commons debated Bill C-11 (at Second Reading). The previous debate day was December 12, 2011.

The debate started with Hon. Peter Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, CPC) moving a time allocation motion:

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December 4, 2011

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» Why Heritage Minister James Moore is wrong on Bill C-11 "technological protection measures" (TPMs)

I received a reply from Heritage Minister James Moore dated December 2, 2011. I'm not certain which letter it was in reply to, but it could have been my Who is the Candice Hoeppner for information technology owners? letter I sent to all Conservative MP's back in May/June.

While I am posting the full text of his reply, I wanted to offer a quick response explaining why I think he is wrong on the impacts of the "technological protection measures" aspects of Bill C-11. (See: earlier article for a description of real-world technologies being discussed)

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November 15, 2011

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» Bill C-11 house debate day 3

On November 14, 2011 we had the third time when the House of Commons debated Bill C-11 (at Second Reading).

The most notable aspect of the debate for me is how the Conservatives are going out of their way to conflate the WIPO Paracopyright provisions (tied to infringing purposes, no restriction on circumvention tools, etc) and the non-WIPO (beyond-WIPO) Paracopyright provisions.

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October 19, 2011

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» Bill C-11 debate day 1

The hansard for Tuesday, October 18, 2011 includes a transcript of the first day of debate of Bill C-11. The debate is at second reading, after which it will be sent to a committee.

The debate started a little after 10:30, and continued to 14:00 when "Statements by Members" proceedings interrupted. Debate continued after question period (and a point of privilege) at 15:15 and continued (with a few of the normal interruptions) until 18:30.

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May 18, 2011

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» Semi-new cabinet

The new cabinet has been announced (CBC, pm.gc.ca). The key members of cabinet for technology law are as follows:

Christian Paradis (Mégantic--L'Érable), the previous Minister of Natural Resources, is now the Minister of Industry.

Ed Fast (Abbotsford), who was one of the MPs in the C-32 committee, is the Minister of International Trade.

James Moore (Port Moody--Westwood--Port Coquitlam) remains the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and Gary Goodyear (Cambridge) remains the Minister of State (Science and Technology).

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May 3, 2011

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» New shape of federal parliament and districts I watched closely

Saying this was an interesting election to watch would be an understatement. The Conservatives received the majority they asked for with 167(54.2%) seats, but that wasn’t the biggest story for me last night. The NDP is now the official opposition with 102 seats, the Liberals are down to 34 seats, the Bloc may fade out of existence having barely kept 4 seats, and Green party leader Elizabeth May won her seat. It is clear that change was in the air, and change we received.

Now we will move to the hard part of governing. The Conservatives have some Progressive Conservative types who may be willing to aggressively ensure that Mr. Harper governs close to the center.

The NDP have a large, but very young and new caucus. Their learning curve is going to be massive, and there will be some bumps along the way which they will need to be very careful about.

The Liberals now need to take the time to figure out where they go from here, as will the Bloc who I hope will decide that the days of having a separatist party within the federal parliament are now over.

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May 2, 2011

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» Districts I will be watching closely on election night

This is turning out to be a more exciting election than it seemed heading into it. While a Conservative majority or minority still seems most likely, who would have guessed that an NDP minority government or NDP official opposition was on the table? Who would have predicted the collapse of the Bloc support in Quebec?

While the mangling of voter intention caused by our antiquated First Past the Post electoral system makes it hard to predict outcomes, I'm pretty confident about some districts. There are a number of specific districts I will be watching closely election night, with most (but not all) based on my interest in technology law.

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April 1, 2011

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» Past Heritage Minister James Moore steps out of election to work for Apple

According to CTV news and CBC-Radio Canada, past Heritage Minister James Moore has decided to step out of the election race to work for Apple Computer, inc. While it is not unprecedented for past cabinet ministers to leave politics for jobs in the private sector, of even for nominated candidates to step out after the election is called, this is an unusual combination.

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December 14, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» Smoke and mirrors from Clement and Moore

Today Ministers Clement and Moore had a little show in Ottawa's Rideau Center where they made statements about the so-called "iPod tax". (See press release)

I find it frustrating that the Ministers claim to be so concerned about a levy on devices, while at the same time including legal support for non-owner locks on our devices in C-32. If I had to choose between non-owner locks or levies, I would choose levies every time. This whole exercise seems to be smoke and mirrors aimed at misdirecting technology owners from the attack on their rights embedded within C-32.

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November 3, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» It has begun

The so-called "Copyright Modernization Act" was debated in the House of Commons yesterday. The debate started at about 10:20, broke for Statements by Members and Question period (14:00-15:05), and resumed until 5:30.

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August 29, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» Form letter from Heritage Minister James Moore.

On August 5'th I received an email that was "From: min.moore@pch.gc.ca". It had no content, but two file attachments - one HTML and one GIF. Thunderbird warned that it was most likely a scam, given this is a common technique used by spammers to avoid SPAM detection software.

I extracted the file attachments, and I wasn't all that surprised to learn that it was a form letter originating from the Heritage Minister's office. This isn't the most technologically literate Minister or department in Canada, and it was unlikely that ensuring emails wouldn't be confused as SPAM or scams would be something they would know much about.

The GIF image was a scan of a form letter, which reads as follows. Having read it, I think Thunderbird was right to have automatically detected it as a scam.

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July 6, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» Moore has his facts wrong on Copyright

Author, broadcaster, editor, journalist, musician, negotiator, singer, and MP Charlie Angus has released a letter to Heritage Minister James Moore discussing how the Minister has his facts wrong on Copyright.

It is great that we have an actual creator in parliament, able to speak on behalf of fellow creators, rather than too many parliamentarians that get confused by intermediaries falsely claiming to represent creators!

June 28, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» Is there a copy left vs copy right?

When I first heard a group outside of the Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) or Creative Commons movement use the word "CopyLeft", I thought they were simply using the term incorrectly. (See: Independent authors just wanting a little respect... from fellow creators and collective societies from 2006)

In the FLOSS movement it means something similar to ShareAlike with Creative Commons: the license says the copyrighted work can be freely shared (without additional permission/payment) as long as any derivatives are equally shared. The licensing model is not opposed to copyright in any way, and focuses on material rewards in the form of additional creative works rather than royalties.

I continue to hear the term "copy left" used, sometimes by those who consider it a positive term, but more often by people who are trying to use the term in a derogatory manner. In this context the term is not being used to reference to a licensing model, but a political philosophy.

This suggests that the term "copy left" references a liberal creators' rights philosophy, and the "copy right" refers to a conservative creators' rights philosophy. It is only a coincidence that those on the "copy left" also support CopyLeft style licensing.

(Including full article here -- configuration issue at IT World Canada. Read full article on IT World Canada's blog >> )

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June 24, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» Copyright debate turns ugly

CBC's Peter Nowak has another great piece about the debate around Copyright, and how Minister Moore has made things more divisive with his "you are either with us, or against us" style.

I added the following as a comment:

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June 23, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» Mr. Moore's comments about anyone who opposes aspects of C-32

Canada Newswire has posted video of the speech given by Heritage Minister James Moore. His closing, at around 7 minutes into the second video, is a rant against people like myself who are critical of aspects of the bill which are harmful to creators.

IMHO My most radical view in this debate has been that legal protection for technical measures has to respect the Canadian constitution, and that TPMs protecting contracting and eCommerce be legally protected in the appropriate provincial legislation.

It is important we know what type of extremism we are up against with the current Heritage Minister, in order for us to push forward amendments that will make C-32 less harmful to the interests of Canadian creators.

(See also: Michael Geist's comments)

I embedded the videos below.

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June 22, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» Has Heritage Minister James Moore blocked you on Twitter?

Follow @no_mpjamesmoore if you been blocked by @mpjamesmoore. The account won't be used for tweets (at least, not often), but a list of those who Mr. Moore doesn't want to hear from.

From the Twitter support site, "Blocking prevents a user from following you, sending you an @reply or @mention, or putting your account on any of their lists."

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June 21, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» Heritage Minister James Moore blocks transparency

Heritage Minister James Moore, the Minister who is said to be largely responsible for the use of DMCA language in C-32 rather than the use of WIPO language for technical measures, has gone as far as blocking me access to follow his tweets. It is one thing for him to have ignored the large number of creators opposing components of C-32, and it is yet another to seek to avoid any accountability and transparency.


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This person has protected their tweets.


You need to send a request before you can start following this person.
See also: Has Heritage Minister James Moore blocked you on Twitter?

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June 1, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» The Minister of Industry - Bill entitled “An Act to amend the Copyright Act”.

The new bill is now on the order paper. Like Bill C-61, and unlike previous Liberal bills, it will be tabled by the Minister of Industry rather than the Minister of Heritage.

April 21, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» Copyright bill to be tabled this spring: heritage minister

A Vancouver Sun article by Andrew Mayeda and Sarah Schmidt includes:

In an interview ahead of the Juno Awards in St. John’s, Heritage Minister James Moore told Canwest News Service the government plans to introduce a new copyright bill this spring.

January 19, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» PM announces changes to the Ministry

The Prime Minister announced changes to the federal ministers. (CBC) The important thing for us is that the Ministers of Industry, Heritage are the same.

The Minister of International Trade is now Peter Van Loan, while the Minister of Foreign Affairs remains with Lawrence Cannon. It can be argued that these ministers, and not Industry or Heritage, actually have the primary responsibility for Copyright law given Copyright is primarily set in trade and treaty negotiations.

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