Bill C-32

Thanks to MP Carol Hughes for mentioning my name in C-32 debate

The following is a letter I sent this morning. Thanks to Kevin McArthur for letting me know yesterday that my name was mentioned.

Mrs. Carol Hughes, MP for Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing,

Thank you for mentioning my name, and a quote from my clause-by-clause analysis of the bill at:

"All of the comparatively positive aspects of the bill are nullified by the legal protection of technological measures, including by allowing these all too often abused technologies to supersede and effectively replace the rest of the Copyright Act."

Charlie Angus tables petitions concerned about digital locks

From the Hansard for October 18, 2010

Mr. Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to bring forward a petition from people who are concerned about the misuse of digital rights management to digital locks on copyrighted material. Of specific concern is the move by the government to support the sacrosanct protection for digital locks that will override existing copyright rights that exist for Canadian citizens, educators, consumers, people who buy products and for people who use copyrighted works. They are not able to access them because the digital locks placed on top of them interfere with legal rights.

We know that many of the WIPO compliant countries have dealt with the issue of digital locks by ensuring that those that remain on products are not counterfeited or broken. However, in other WIPO compliant countries they have a balance so that citizens are still able to use and be educated with materials that they have a legal right to.

The Conservative government, of course, has it all wrong in terms of digital rights management.

The petitioners are calling upon Parliament to restore some sense of balance between the rights of creators and ensuring protection for copyrighted works, but also ensuring that we have a vibrant domain where people can actually access works within a digital realm.

Copygate and the copyright troll

Harry Hillman Chartrand of Compiler Press has published an essay talking about the UK's Digital Economy Act (DEA), the USA's Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and Canada's mis-labeled Copyright Modernization Act (CMA) (AKA: Bill C-32).

He talks about how these style of laws inevitably lead to "a new breed of legal practioners – the copyright troll akin to ‘ambulance chaser’." His conclusion is to suggest politicians "Vote NO on Bill C-32".

Bill C-32 Copyright Book Launch Set for October 14th

According to Michael Geist there will be a new book launched: From "Radical Extremism" to "Balanced Copyright": Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda.

They are planning a launch event at the University of Ottawa on Thursday, October 14th at 3:30.

What if I was the Bill C-32 lead from the Official Opposition Liberals?

On Thursday I met for a half hour with Pablo Rodriguez, MP for the Quebec riding of Honoré-Mercier, and the Heritage critic for the Liberal party. Copyright is joint between Heritage and Industry, so this is a key MP when it comes to the future of Copyright bill C-32. (See also: List of MPs I have met)

I came with some of my regular material:

Read full article and my proposal via IT World Canada's BLOG >>

Copyright is no justification for digital locks

The Province has published my reply to an article by Stephen Ellis. In my reply I describe how digital locks are harmful to creators, and how he got his analogy to other physical and digital locks wrong.

Copyright: Get It Right, by not following Access Copyright proposals

Collective Society Access Copyright, a business model intermediary used by some creators, has launched a C-32 related campaign website where they are critical of the fair dealings reform in C-32. I believe that the fair dealings reforms are a mixed bag of things which are "about time", things which are excessively complex, and only some I disagree with. As a creators' rights activist I must disagree with the perspective offered by Access Copyright, which I believe is harmful to the interests of Canadian creators.

Read full article on IT World Canada's blog >>

Bill C-32: My Perspective on the Key Issues

Law professor Michael Geist has posted an article where he offers his opinion on what he sees as the 5 key issues that are being discussed in the context of C-32. My opinion on these issues are in the C-32 FAQ, but I thought it would be interesting for me to write about the same five issues.

Office of the Leader of the Opposition on C-32

After sending out letters to MPs pointing them to the C-32 FAQ, I received the following form letter from the Office of the Leader of the (official) Opposition.

Dear Sir/Madame:

On behalf of Michael Ignatieff, I would like to acknowledge receipt of your recent email regarding Bill C-32, the Copyright Modernization Act.

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