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October 15, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Election 2008: Past members of Heritage committee


  • Gary Schellenberger (Perth—Wellington, Conservative, Chair) re-elected
  • Maria Mourani (Ahuntsic, Bloc, co-chair) re-elected
  • Andy Scott (Liberal, co-chair) did not run
  • Jim Abbott (Kootenay—Columbia, Conservative) re-elected
  • Michael D. Chong (Wellington—Halton Hills, Conservative) re-elected
  • Dean Del Mastro (Peterborough, Conservative) re-elected
  • Denis Coderre (Bourassa, Liberal) re-elected
  • Ed Fast (Abbotsford, Consrvative) re-elected
  • Hedy Fry (Vancouver Centre, Liberal) re-elected
  • Luc Malo (Verchères—Les Patriotes, Bloc) re-elected
  • Bill Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas, NDP) re-elected
  • Francis Scarpaleggia (Lac-Saint-Louis, Liberal) re-elected

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October 7, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Canada elections 2008: p2pnet count-down

Jon Newton over at p2pnet has decided to dedicate this week to the 2008 federal general election. He describes why in a feature posting. I have contributed a few articles including:

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October 6, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» 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.

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October 5, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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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 15, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» Liberal Hedy Fry includes copyright in election Mail Out

Bruno Godin (constituent in Vancouver Center) posted to the Vancouver Fair Copyright discussion list the text of an election mail out from incumbent Hedy Fry.

C-61: Copyright

Bill C-61, the Conservative government's Copyright Bill was recently tabled in Parliament.  In principle, this bill is necessary: Canada is signatory to World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) treaties, but lags behind other industrialised nations in domestic copyright protection laws.  However, as it stands, C-61 is seriously flawed.  Copyright legislation should balance creators' rights to fair reimbursement for intellectual property and consumer's need to have timely access to creative works.  In the digital age, this brings a new and complex challenge.

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August 22, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» Vancouver Centre NDP candidate Michael Byers on C-61

Michael Byers posted a link to the interview I did with him, and is continuing the conversation in comments on his blog. Noticing that Hon. Hedy Fry, the incumbent Liberal in that riding, has been going around doing consultations with Canadians I asked Mr. Byers his impressions of what she has been saying.

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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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August 15, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Hedy Fry’s Copyright Balance

Jeremy Costin writes on weblawg.net about recent statements made by Dr. Hedy Fry on copyright and C-61. It references an article by fellow constituent Chuck LeDuc Díaz which includes a reply letter from Dr. Fry.

August 7, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Liberal MP Hedy Fry

The Calgary folks have done a roundtable interview of Hedy Fry on Bill C-61. Thanks to Michael Geist for the link. More on the event from Kempton Lam's own site.

July 28, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» This Week in Vancouver, issue 1 from the Vancouver Fair Copyright group

There is now a first issue of This Week in Vancouver, intended to be the weekly newsletter of Vancouver Fair Copyright. It includes a link to their MP Meetings which describes what meetings have already happened.

July 16, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» 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.

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» Copyright Q&A with Michael Byers, presumptive NDP candidate for Vancouver Center

A Hill Times article NDP's 'star' candidate Byers sets sights on Vancouver Centre describes how a best-selling author and academic, Michael. Byers, is seeking the nomination in that riding. I decided to do a written interview with Mr. Byers on copyright, included below. It looks like Vancouver Center will be an important riding to watch for those of us interested in copyright.

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May 25, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» Politicians will be politicians: Obama’s technology policy not as good as advertised?

I wasn't watching the US presidential primaries because I saw it as a race between Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb. I have some political ideas that might otherwise slide me to supporting the Democrats, but then I look at the damage done during the Clinton/Gore years to the US domestic and foreign economic policy through the DMCA, Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, and the two controversial 1996 WIPO treaties (largely US efforts). This isn't all that different than Canada where I have some political ideas that might otherwise convince me to vote Liberal, but then notice that some of the worst ideas on technology law have been promoted by Liberal MPs such as Sheila Copps, Sam Bulte (Lost her seat in the 2006 election), and now Dan McTeague and Hedy Fry.

I then watched a slideshow from Lawrence Lessig titled 20 minutes or so on why I am 4Barack. Lessig said that Obama's technology policies were strong, and that he was going to work to change congress to reduce the influence of special interest group money on the US congress. I quickly blogged about this myself back in February.

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