Bill C-61

Conservative government tables Bill C-61, "An Act to amend the Copyright Act" on June 12, 2008. Please see Industry Canada: Copyright reform process.

Government copyright bill fails green test

An article by Michael Geist (Toronto Star, his website) talks about a few of the ways in which a copyright bill can be "green" or non-green.

Copyright Q&A with Tom King, NDP candidate for Guelph

The latest I have read is that by-elections for Guelph, Westmount--Ville-Marie, and Saint Lambert will be called on July 20 with a vote set for Monday, September 8. Those of us that consider fair copyright to be an important election issue are already excited by the candidacy of Tom King, a celebrated Canadian author, broadcaster, and University of Guelph professor (Read his "About me" for details -- you will very likely already know of him)

Mr King has indicated he will make copyright fairness an issue during the by-election, and has already announced an event in Toronto on July 24, 2008 to meet with regional artists, activists and academics who are opposed to the Conservatives’ Bill C-61.

The following is my Q&A with him.

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Anthony Rota's view on Bill C-61

Here is the letter I got from my MP Anthony Rota in my hometown riding of Nippising-Timiskaming, in response to a message I sent him about Bill C-61.


Thank you for your correspondence regarding Bill C-61. I appreciate having the benefit of your comments.

In your email, you voice opposition to changes and criminalization of various actions that the bill will bring forth.

My Liberal colleagues and I understand your concerns and we believe that the bill must strike the right balance between consumers and creators.

Canadian open source community upset over proposed copyright law

An article by Ian Palmer for discusses the impact of Bill C-61 on the Free/Libre and Open Source Software sector. It includes quotes from Sean Hurley (Tillsonburg, Ontario-based Open Computing), Ken Clark (intellectual property lawyer), and myself (CSIA member, CLUE policy coordinator, FLOSS developer).

Ken Clark spoke as a lawyer, and not as someone with any technical background. He suggested that "DRM might provide a way to prevent rampant copying", which anyone with a technical background would realize is not the case.

C-61 in 61 Seconds: The Canadian DMCA Video Competition

Spread the word and consider a submission!

Copyright Q&A with Michael Byers, presumptive NDP candidate for Vancouver Center

A Hill Times article NDP's 'star' candidate Byers sets sights on Vancouver Centre describes how a best-selling author and academic, Michael. Byers, is seeking the nomination in that riding. I decided to do a written interview with Mr. Byers on copyright, included below. It looks like Vancouver Center will be an important riding to watch for those of us interested in copyright.

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Michael Byers links to the interview on his own blog.

Burnaby-Douglas MP Bill Siksay on Bill C-61

Burnaby-Douglas Link is a monthly publication produced by Hon. MP Bill Siksay's office and is sent to every household in the Burnaby-Douglas riding. On the front cover of Burnaby-Douglas Link's July 2008 issue (png image), MP Siksay discusses in length the negative impacts that Bill C-61 will bring upon Canadians and describes his position on the said bill. The following is a text copy.

Dear Friends,

As I write, Parliament has just recessed for the summer.

Bill C-61 and sinking into Orwell's 'Oceania'

A letter to the editor by Christopher Maingot of St. Catharines, Ont. was published in the Hill Times.

Tom King to make Copyright Fairness a by-election issue

Just received the following press release: Guelph residents’ voice must be heard in fight for copyright fairness for Canadian artists and consumers

GUELPH – NDP candidate Tom King today pledged to raise controversial changes to Canada’s copyright laws as an election issue in the upcoming Guelph by-election. King, a longtime artist and writer, fears that Conservative’s controversial Bill C-61 will reward U.S. corporate lobby efforts, while punishing Canadian artists and consumers.

The Bloc targets ISPs, but what are ISPs?

A constituent received a letter from Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe on Bill C-61 that looks quite similar to what we saw from Bloc MP Thierry St-Cyr. The message: we somehow have to fulfill some obligation to ratify the WIPO treaties that the Liberal federal government signed, and the Bloc is worried that ISPs aren't being held more responsible for infringement.

Now here is my personal problem. Bill C-61 is an omnibus bill, with the majority of the bill being about "technological measures". A colleague did a work count of the English text and found that this component of the bill takes up over a third. If we were able to talk about ISP liability as an independent topic, I would have a more nuanced position that lies somewhere between no liability and the Bloc position of scapegoating communications providers.

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