[d at DCC] [Fwd: "Fair Copyright for Canada - Ottawa Chapter" sent you a message on Facebook...]
russell at flora.ca
Tue Jun 3 09:02:21 EDT 2008
Forwarding this to everyone in case they didn't hear the latest
rumours about the bill being tabled tomorrow.
Please spread information around as much as possible. As in the past
this mailing list and our BLOG will be used to help dissect the bill and
put it into our context (with those here being either technical people,
or at least supporters of the new media way of doing things).
-------- Original Message --------
David Fewer sent a message to the members of Fair Copyright for Canada -
Subject: Copyright Bill Coming....
It is time to gear up for copyright.
We understand that the government will imminently introduce legislation
to amend the Copyright Act, and wants to push it through quickly. This
raises two concerns: process and substance.
Rushing the legislative process undermines Canadians’ interests. When
we do get a copyright bill, we need (1) a period to study the bill, and
(2) thorough Committee hearings that offer a wide range of stakeholders
the opportunity to present their views to the Canadian government. This
government has chosen not to consult Canadians on copyright. Therefore,
it falls to the Committee reviewing the bill to hear from consumers.
Without comprehensive hearings, the bill has no hope of reflecting
Canadians’ interest in balanced copyright policy. We can not let this
government circumvent that process.
Substantively, all signs suggest that the bill will be a Canadian
version of the American DMCA with a veneer of consumer concessions. The
bill will likely include laws modeled on the DMCA instead of the
approach adopted by Bill C-60, Canada’s last attempt to legislate these
kinds of laws, or even on “gentler” versions of such laws, such as New
Zealand’s. Consumer concessions may include a time-shifting right and a
format shifting right, legalizing consumer use of the VCR and iPod after
all these years. However, by protecting DRM at the same time, the
government kills those consumer rights where the content is locked down!
Substantively, this bill is likely to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
What can you do? Advocacy! Contact your MP – use the advocacy tools at
http://www.copyrightforcanadians.ca/ and this Facebook group, Fair
Copyright for Canadians, to make sure Ottawa knows your views. And get
others to do so, as well – we’ll need a summer full of copyright
advocacy to make sure that Ottawa knows that Canada’s copyright laws
have to put Canadians’ interests first!
Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/>
Please help us tell the Canadian Parliament to protect our property
rights as owners of Information Technology. Sign the petition!
"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!"
More information about the Discuss