[d@DCC] RE: Bill C-8
kal at linsystems.ca
Tue Feb 24 15:21:09 EST 2004
I got several responses by Senators regarding C-8 of which the most
informative is included below.
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Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2004 15:07:27 -0500
From: "Austin, The Honourable Jacob" <jaustin at pco-bcp.gc.ca>
To: Kal <kal at linsystems.ca>
Subject: RE: Bill C-8
Dear Mr. Lin:
Thank you for your correspondence on the necessity of amending Bill C-8,
An Act to establish the Library and Archives of Canada, to amend the
Copyright Act and to amend certain Acts in consequence.
Section 21 of the bill was debated at length in the Standing House of
Commons Committee on Canadian Heritage and was subsequently amended by
unanimous consent of the Members of the House of Commons; however, the
amended clause became redundant once the works in question entered the
public domain on December 31, 2003.
Consequently, the Government has requested that the Senate delete
Section 21 during its consideration of Bill C-8.
The bill is currently under study by the Standing Senate Committee on
Social Affairs, Science and Technology with the request of the
Government before it.
I hope this information is sufficient in addressing your concerns with
the copyright provisions of Bill C-8.
Senator Jack Austin
From: Kal [mailto:kal at linsystems.ca]
Sent: Friday, February 13, 2004 11:11 AM
To: Austin, The Honourable Jacob
Subject: Bill C-8
[my personal contact info deleted]
Dear Senator Jack Austin:
I am writing to bring your attention to section 21 of Bill C-8:
An Act to establish the Library and Archives of Canada, to amend
the Copyright Act and to amend certain Acts in consequence. I
strongly oppose the extension of copyright for the unpublished
works of certain deceased individuals granted by section 21.
The public domain would be deprived of the previously unpublished
works by a large number of important historical figures, including
Prime Minister R.B. Bennett, Prime Minister Robert Borden and Chief
Justice Charles Fitzpatrick.
I urge you to amend or delay Bill C-8.
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