About Digital Copyright Canada

The site is coordinated by Russell McOrmond. Please see full contact information.

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The Digital Copyright Canada forum was started in Aug 2001 to allow for a public response to that phase of the Canadian copyright revision process. While the forum focuses on digital copyright, related issues of patents, copyright, trademarks (PCT) and other sui generis protections are discussed.

Many of the participants are proponents of more recent "commons-based peer production" methodologies which include Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) and the Creative Commons. Our members come from all parts of society including creative Canadians and audiences, and recognize the importance of both creators' rights and users' rights. Most of our creator members feel the greatest threat to their rights is not copyright infringement, but excessive control by past creators who stifle creativity that builds upon the past.

This site can be seen as divided into different areas:

  • Special pages and projects

  • All Canadians should sign these petitions. Use this as a tool to educate your friends and family on what is happening, and please consider engaging in dialog with your member of parliament.

  • Links to other Sites
  • Copyright Jargon file
  • Chronology of Canadian Copyright Law
  • Mailing lists

  • We use Mailman to manage our lists.


    • Announcement list
      This is a low-volume moderated list.
    • General Discussion list
      This is a higher volume publicly archived open forum between Canadians. This is where most of the activity on this site is.

  • There are some city or region based lists. Please see the full list.
  • If you wish to post to one of the lists, please read the posting guidelines.

  • Drupal Website

  • The main site uses a content management system called Drupal which has a number of features.

    If you want to post comments please sign up to the site, and send the administrator an email. Due to a high volume of SPAM, comments aren't accepted until after the person is verified.

    Signing up is easy, and using the OpenID system you can use your existing Gmail/Google or Flickr account to log in..

    Once you become known to the administrators your access level will be increased so that you can create your own content.

    Each of the pages part of this system can be in a number of different categories. These categories include policy areas, organizations, and political parties. A major features is the list of Canadian Electoral Districts so you can learn about your member of parliament and organize with people in your own area.

    Features include:


    • Highlights of entries from the web forums, weblogs, and stories. Note: Often this is the page that is bookmarked for frequent visitors to our site
    • Personal Weblogs

      Every user who is signed up to the website can post messages to their own personal Weblog to let others know what they are thinking about.
    • News Agregator

      We pull in news feeds from other related sites to provide you a quick interface to related articles.

    You can always track the most recent contributions to the site.

    We hope to make Digital Copyright and related technology and cultural policy an area that more Canadian citizens and all federal politicians are familiar with. We can only do this if all concerned citizens talk to each other and to their elected representatives.