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.

CAUT: New Copyright Bill Harms Educators and Researchers

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) comments on C-61.

Bill C-61, the federal government’s proposed amendments to the Copyright Act, drastically restricts access to electronic documents and online material. If passed into law by Parliament, the amendments will represent a major setback for the interests of teachers, librarians, students, researchers and consumers.

Confirmed: Jim Prentice on Search Engine.

Jesse Brown confirmed that Industry Minister Jim Prentice will be on his Search Engine CBC show.

Don't expect Mr. Prentice to be honest about the contents of the bill, as thus far he has been misleading people about the origins and contents of the bill. But it will give some interesting quotes if he strays from his minimal briefing notes.

Update: See new article on Search Engine post-interview, and notes from Howard Knopf and Michael Geist, Cory Doctorow

Copyright critics promote cause with comic book

An article by Rafael Ruffolo for Digital Arts discusses C-61 and Gordon Duggan's comic book.

Open source group: copyright bill will hurt innovators

For immediate release: Ottawa, June 16, 2008

Open source group: copyright bill will hurt innovators
Canadian Software Innovation Alliance comes out against Bill C-61

The Canadian Software Innovation Alliance (CSIA), a coalition of Canadian open source businesses and supporters, worries that Bill C-61, 'An Act to Amend the Copyright Act,' introduced by the Conservative government on June 12, threatens the open source business model.

Copyright bill strikes discordant note with Canadian musicians, consumer groups

An article by Nestor E. Arellano discusses C-61. While a few proponents of the bill are discussed, the article matches the general trend which is that most are opposed.

Canadian approach to copyright spin

Minister Prentice tries to spin his Canadian DMCA with a letter to the editor in the Toronto Star. He is banking on the idea that most Canadians won't bother to actually read the bill, and won't notice that all the "good things" he talks about have fine print that wipe them out (IE: all the device/time shifting is negated by contracts).

The only good thing about this bill is the ISP liability regime, keeping ISPs as hands-off communications intermediaries and not executioners of content or accounts based on unproven allegations from alleged copyright holders. Given how 'honest' some alleged copyright holders have been, we really need the intervention of the courts before action is taken on alleged copyright infringement.

The core policy in C-61 remains a Canadian translation of the policy proposal authored as part of the Clinton/Gore National Information Infrastructure in 1994/1995. I guess Prentice doesn't want to admit that he's a Clinton Democrat in Harper Conservative clothing.

Rush, Ayn Rand, and the "Conservative" party's copyright bill

On Jun 12'th there were two important events in my life. Early in the day the "Conservative" party tabled their copyright bill C-61, and later that evening I was in Montreal watching Rush as part of their Snakes and Arrows tour. One of the things I love about Rush is the deeper thinking that their lyrics encourage, and in this case I saw many parallels between some of the lyrics and the contents of the Copyright bill.

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More from the Liberals Critic of consumers/citizens

A Reuters article has an intereting quote.

The Opposition Liberal party slammed the legislation as a half-baked measure that neglected consulting all sides.

"How are you going to enforce this when existing jurisprudence doesn't allow you to walk into someone's home?" asked Liberal Dan McTeague.

I think it is harmful for the Liberals to have their most out-of-touch MP being thought of as their spokesperson on this issue. He title may be "Consumer affairs critic", but he seems to spend most of his time being critical of the legitimate affairs of consumers.

Conservative Copyright Bill C-61

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This page is intended to be a launching point for people to learn about the Copyright Bill C-61 tabled by the Conservative Government on June 12, 2008.

There is quite a bit of misinformation about the contents of the bill, including from the Conservative government itself. The most important thing we can do is to try to learn the actual contents and meaning of the bill, and then to open a wide dialog with as many Canadians as possible. An important person to talk to is your neighbours, including your elected member of parliament and the potential candidates in the next election (and related riding associations). Write letters to the editor of local papers, and become someone known for being informed on the bill.

Reporters not bothering to do research, or use wikipedia/encyclopedia.

If you do a Google search for "Kill Bill C-61" you will find an article by Terence Corcoran of the Financial Post. It's a silly little article where he suggests that the massive diverse group of people opposed to C-61 are some sort of leftist Telecom Trotskyites. He makes specific reference to the domain name that I applied for, which suggests he is reader of this BLOG. His claims of what opponents (those named directly like Geist and those named indirectly like me) actually want or believe are entirely fictional.

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