[d at DCC] Mr. Angus in the House.
russell at flora.ca
Thu Nov 23 23:10:40 EST 2006
Robert Smits wrote:
> Yes. It looks very likely that we will be facing another federal election in
> early spring - February or March is my guess. The Tories are extremely
> frustrated in not having a majority and not being able to reveal their true
> colours on a whole range of issues. I think copyright is just one of them.
I disagree that Copyright is a partisan issue. Remember that in the
USA it was the Democrats (specifically a task force headed by Al Gore)
that gave us the NII Copyright Protection Act of 1995 (it failed), which
lead to the 1996 WIPO treaties, and then the USA passing their DMCA
(signed by Clinton).
This is not an issue that "the left" is better at than "the right".
The Liberals couldn't push through C-60 because they too were in a
Minority government situation.
Mr. Angus as an individual in the NDP is as strong as he is because
he is himself an independent creator, not because of his party. Prior
to his getting elected the past NDP Heritage critic, Wendy Lill, was far
more a copyright maximalist than nearly anyone else in the house.
We need to remember this as we go forward, and to not allow external
partisan issues to paint how we approach this. We want support from as
many parliamentarians as possible.
If we could get more petitions to the IT property rights petition I
believe it would go a long way to helping the Conservatives understand.
They need to realize that anti-circumvention laws are anti-property
laws, and that they need to stick to their conservative values and
protect IT property rights.
> We should start making plans now as to how we can raise the issue with
> candidates, or those who have either announced their candidacy or been
> nominated, and perhaps create a database with candidate positions.
Creating a database would be great, but requires volunteer time to
manage. We'll need people to step forward to do that work.
What we have now is a BLOG system which has a taxonomy that includes
all 308 ridings. It is what I've been using to categorize any
statements about copyright made by any MPs or candidates.
We currently have two by-elections happening, but I don't know if
anyone in our community has been involved. See the front page of
http://digital-copyright.ca for candidate info/links/etc.
> Bob Smits
Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/>
Please help us tell the Canadian Parliament to protect our property
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"The government, lobbied by legacy copyright holders and hardware
manufacturers, can pry my camcorder, computer, home theatre, or
portable media player from my cold dead hands!"
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