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.

Bill C-61 isn’t great for producers either.

Brad Fox, producer and production finance coordinator with Toronto-based Strada Films, is yet another fellow creator opposed to the direction taken by Bill C-61.

Fair Dealing: Constituent writing series of letter to MP, Stephen Harper

Kjell Wooding is a constituent of Calgary Southwest, Stephen Harper's riding, and posted the first of a series of letters on Canada day.

C-61 Intro with interviews with Jim Prentice

A SFFaudio article by Jesse Willis offers an introduction to C-61 with the Minister's media scrum and the Search Engine interview. Please read the bill and then listen to these, and spot the number of errors the Minister makes. Have you seen evidence that he has read the bill yet?

Where is that "buy me now" button for Copyright?

Much of the copyright debate reads like fiction. People supposedly find content on the Internet which has a "buy me now" button and a "take without paying" button, and they choose the latter. The non-fiction version of this story is very different. For the vast majority of content which people can acquire illegally on the Internet, there is no way to purchase the same thing legally. It is very hard to share the "moral outrage" that some entertainment industry lobbiests have been exhibiting, especially since they made deliberate business choices which caused their problems to be far worse.

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Bloc MP suggests C-61 doesn't go far enough?

A constituent in the Quebec riding of Jeanne-Le Ber received a reply from their Bloc MP Thierry St-Cyr, and posted it to the Montreal mailing list. This is the previous riding of past Heritage Minister Liza Frulla, and one of the ridings that Mr. Geist identified as having a "Copyright MP" given it has two key attributes - the sitting MP won their riding by 10 percent or less in the last election and their riding is home to a university.

Copyright: locks, levies or lawsuits? Part1: locks

Copyright is merely a series of activities which someone can do with human creativity that requires permission of the copyright holder to do legally. If you do one of these things without permission, the copyright holder has the right to sue you. (Lawsuits)

Years ago traditional copyright added an exception to the general rule which suggested that you no longer needed permission, as long as you made a payment that was decided by a government body -- in our case, the Copyright Board of Canada. (Levies)

Recently some people have thought that digital locks would be a good substitute for copyright, whether permission or payment/levy based.

Which is best: locks, levies or lawsuits? The only good answer is: it depends.

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Protests should fall on deaf ears?

Kurt Langmann, the editor of the Aldergrove Star, wrote an editorial that demonstrated that he is unaware of the reason why so many of us are opposed to Bill C-61. While I don't expect it to be published in his newspaper, the following is my letter in reply.

I encourage everyone to write letters to the editor, and engage in the public debate. We need to talk to people who seem to be opponents, as much as we do to people who already understand the issues.

National copyright fight tumbles into S. Ontario

From a note about the event:

A noted copyright expert is coming to Tillsonburg next month to talk to the public about changes proposed to the Copyright Act by federal industry minister, Jim Prentice.

Sam Trosow, an associate professor at London's University of Western Ontario, is a recognized expert in Intellectual Property rights and has co-authored a citizen's guide to Canadian copyright law. He will be in Tillsonburg on Wednesday, July 16th at the invitation of the Tillsonburg Linux Users Group (tillug) to discuss what the legislation proposed in Bill C-61 means to Canadian users and producers of copyrighted material.

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