Michael Geist has created an article that links to all 61 of his articles about needed reforms to the Conservative Bill C-61.
Bruno Godin (constituent in Vancouver Center) posted to the Vancouver Fair Copyright discussion list the text of an election mail out from incumbent Hedy Fry.
The minutes and transcript from the special August 26, 2008 to "discuss the recent cancelling of federal cultural financial assistance programs" are online.
This meeting was held when everyone pretty much knew an election would be called. This should be read as an election debate on federal government funding of cultural programs from some key politicians running for re-election. While Copyright wasn't on the agenda, it did get discussed.
Along with this PDF I received the following note:
The irony is not lost on me. Bill C-68: An Act respecting firearms and other weapons created a registry that was an IT boondoggle, but for a true property-rights protecting conservative should be considered a minor issue compared to Bill C-61.
In an article in p2pnet , Charlie Angus, Digital Spokesperson for the New Democratic Party, said that "Under Stephen Harper, Canadians are being force-fed US-style copyright legislation." When I read this, all I could think is "I wish"!
While I've written about how some aspects of C-61 are lifted near-identical out of the USA's DMCA, I have not yet put them in context with the rest of their copyright act. Bill C-61, like the DMCA, is a set of changes between the previous Copyright and a new Copyright. US copyright law was more fair before their DMCA than Canadian law is now, and if Canada takes the direction articulated in C-61 we will become that much worse than US law. As bad as this would be, I would be happier to have Canada simply adopt current US law (DMCA and all) than to apply Bill C-61 to current Canadian law.
Randall Howard post a first in an intended series on why C-61 is bad for Canada's Digital Economy.
Frank Lenk's article on the effects of Bill C-61 on the Consumer Electronics industry includes the following about Liberal MP, Bob Rae:
Drew Wilson's article on ZeroPaid make the following important point:
Bill C-61 will die on the order paper with the election call just as Bill C-60 did when the last election was called. After the election it will be much faster to see a Copyright bill tabled given the two parties who could reasonably form government already have a bill to table.
Ottawa's Keith Rose is blogging on copyright, specifically tacking issues around automated notices and recent ruling on the need to take Fair Use into consideration for DMCA take-down notices. That is the USA, and he then asks about Canada under C-61.
The letter makes a very obvious point: "What is remarkable is that while you seem to have adopted wholeheartedly the more draconian aspects of American legislation evident in their DMCA, you have ignored its most democratic element: fair use."
Other key sites
Digital Copyright Canada BLOG