Bill C-60

Bill C-60, “An Act to amend the Copyright Act” , with first reading June 20, 2005. Please also see our Bill C-60 specific pages.

CLA Position Paper on Copyright

The Canadian Library Association (CLA) released a Position Paper on Copyright (PDF) in January 2006. It acknowledges that it was largely written prior to the election, so it mentions Bill C-60. The CLA also has additional pages on copyright

Aussie gov't report on DRM: Don't let it override public rights!

Articles from Cory Doctorow and Michael Geist reference an Australian House Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs report on DRM.

Cory noted:

A special Australian committee on copyright and DRM has published its findings, and has recommended a drastic scaling-back of the protections given to DRM in most countries.

Australia was arm-twisted into accepting legal protection for DRM in its free trade agreement with the USA.

Will Canada's new government do what is best for most Canadians (including Canadian creators), or will it push to ratify the 1996 WIPO treaties to appease a few (largely foreign) special interest groups?

IP issues catching on with the public

This Law Times article by Mark Bourrie includes:

“Technology can be used to limit the ability of people to interact with what they increasingly see as their own property. They’re concerned with legal rules that would entrench the powers of large multinationals to exert greater control over what they see as their own property,” he said.

Geist says politicians and the mainstream media are truly surprised that people are taking an interest in the issue.

“If the last couple of weeks has shown anything, this controversy over Bulte shows just how divisive the copyright issue is and increasingly how so many Canadians view themselves as a stakeholder in the process,” he said.

Canadian music giant funds battle against RIAA

Nettwerk Music Group, Canada's biggest record label, publisher, and management company, is helping out a family sued by the RIAA.

"The current actions of the RIAA are not in my artists' best interests," said Nettwerk chief executive Terry McBride in a prepared statement.

"Litigation is not 'artist development'. Litigation is a deterrent to creativity and passion and it is hurting the business I love."

Read the full article by Andrew Orlowski of The Register at http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/01/27/nettwerk_sues_riaa/.

"DRM is fundamentally based on activities that cannot be done with free software"

This eWeek article by Peter Galli includes:

In a document explaining the reasons for the changes in the GPL, Moglen and Stallman said that DRM is fundamentally at odds with the spirit of the free software movement.

"Unfree software implementing DRM technology is simply a prison in which users can be put to deprive them of the rights that the law would otherwise allow them. Our aim is, and must be, the abolition of DRM as a social practice. Anything less than complete victory leaves the freedom of software in grave peril," they said.

CRIA to Play 'Beat the Clock' with Copyright Reform

This Slyck article by Drew Wilson includes:

Canadian minority governments have been notorious for not lasting very long - an average of a year to be more precise. Canadian minority governments have also been known as 'governments where nothing much gets done.' That being said, the CRIA may have their work cut out for them to lobby and get submit copyright reform bills they see fit.

Burnaby-Douglas MP Bill Siksay Re-elected

The Honourable MP Bill Siksay (NDP), who signalled the will to oppose Bill C-60 in the last Parliament, has also been re-elected by the people of Burnaby-Douglas in Canada's 39th General Election.

Related: "Looking at some specific results"

ITBusiness: After-election coverage..

ITBusiness has a few articles relating to the changes brought on by the election.

Bloggers take some credit for defeat of Liberal who pushed copyright reform

A Canadian Press article by Mike Oliveira (Canada.com version) discusses how BLOG affected Sam Bulte's attempt at re-election.

Reported in the Toronto Star, her exit words were about as well thought out as some of her anger at the broader creative community during her campaign.

"What do you expect me to say? I have no thoughts. You run on your record and the people decide for change," she said.

When asked about her thoughts on a minority government, she said, "To be frank, I don't care. I dedicated my life to the people and to the riding and they decided. It's great; it's a democracy."

Bulte, a lawyer, said she will return to her practice.

"According to everybody, I did nothing. You work so hard and devote your heart and soul and the people have chosen. So good luck to the NDP. Good luck to Peggy Nash and good luck to the country."

Steve Page writes on the Bulte/copyright issue...

Steven Page, lead vocals and guitar for the Barenaked Ladies, added some thoughts about the election on his BLOG, praising the artists perspective expressed by science fiction writer Cory Doctorow and author/musician Matthew Good.

This current litigious atmosphere is simply a product of the record business trying to prop up a dying, obsolete business model. The labels aren’t the enemy; they’re often run by people who love music and are passionate about the promotion of Canadian culture, but their responsibility is not to the Canadian people, but to their parent companies’ shareholders. It’s the government’s job to protect us (both creators and end-users) from those who are out to exploit us.

Thanks to Michael Geist for keeping this issue hilighted!

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