[d@DCC] Short summary of visit on the hill.
russell at flora.ca
Tue Nov 15 12:35:23 EST 2005
I'll write something better up for the BLOG later, but just wanted to
post some quick thoughts.
I set up a meeting with my MP, Mr. McGuinty, earlier this morning. We
met in the Lobby which is part of parliament I had never been to before.
It is a room immediately behind where the government-side parliamentarians
sit in the House of Commons Chamber.
I wrote up a 1-page (2 sides) summary so that I would have something to
hand to him and to reference during conversations. When I'm back in my
home-office I'll publish this.
Summary: This is a competition, not a "theft" issue. What we need is
support for alternative methods of production, distribution and funding --
and alternatives are seen as a competitive threat to the incumbents.
Spoke about the conflicting messages from the Minister on cultural
diversity (UNESCO) vs. the opposing 1996 WIPO treaties. The Development
Agenda is an example where Canada should be on-board supporting the
majority-world nations in their call for reform of WIPO to fulfill UN
2 key issues highlighted on back of page:
"education amendment", and the two options: institutional
exception, and institutionally independent expansion of "fair dealings"
and CCH to a "fair use" regime.
"technical measures" -- issue of contract law and not copyright law, spoke
about the need to be protected from "technical measures" which circumvent
privacy, property, and other rights protected by other legislation. Used
the Sony rootkit as an example of what should be clearly seen as an
unlawful use of a "technical measure" by a copyright holder.
He asked if I would be willing to talk to committee, and I clarified
that I have wanted to but like most people presenting alternatives to the
incumbents have been locked out of Heritage. I clarified that Heritage
Committee and department is the "party line" and that there appears to be
a larger difference between Heritage and Industry on this policy than
between any of the parties. This is because representatives of the legacy
incumbents such as old-media broadcasters and journalists make up the bulk
Mr McGuinty proposed some next steps:
- remind his office about the petitions, so that he can get an answer on
where this is.
- He will take a letter that I will write and put it on his letterhead,
and demand a response. We want to do this soon in case it can impact
things before the election, but it is possible that it won't happen
He has offered any influence he can, which should be quite helpful.
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