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Consultation meetings on digital copyright issues
From: mskala _-at-_ ansuz.sooke.bc.ca
[Warning, this message is being sent to several individuals and mailing lists. Please trim the To: header when you reply; don't say "reply all" or you risk getting a lot of folks annoyed with you.] -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 3 March 2002 Matthew Skala please distribute until 31 March 2002 firstname.lastname@example.org Consultation meetings on digital copyright issues The Intellectual Property Policy Directorate and the Department of Canadian Heritage are holding a series of "consultation meetings" in cities across Canada, to solicit opinions from stakeholders on digital copyright. The main topics to be discussed are: 1. Creation of a "making available" copyright privilege, to cover distribution of works through interactive media like the Web. 2. Legal protection of "technological measures". This is probably the big-ticket item for most of us, because it boils down to whether Canada should or should not introduce something like the anti-trafficking provisions of the USA's current Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) or proposed Security Systems Standards and Certification Act (SSSCA). 3. Legal protection of "rights management information"; closely related to topic 2 above, this deals with whether there should or should not be a law against tampering with the label on a piece of data, saying who holds the copyright privileges for that data. 4. Liability of network intermediaries. In short, should we have a notice-and-takedown system like that of the DMCA? These topics (especially numbers 2 and 4) should be of concern to everyone in Canada who uses computers, especially those of us who are active in security research or who use free software. The persecution of researchers (such as Sklyarov, Felten, and myself) under expanded US copyright law should concern everyone with a stake in academic freedom. If you've been following the debates and care about the future of copyright in Canada, then I encourage you to attend one of these meetings. The dates and locations are: * Halifax, March 8, 2002 - NOTE! This is very soon, and they want registration forms in by March 5 which is the day after tomorrow as I'm writing this! Hurry, if you're in Nova Scotia. * Vancouver, March 15, 2002 * Montreal, March 21, 2002 * Toronto, March 26, 2002 * Ottawa, April 11, 2002 * Prairies (AB, SK, or MB), date and location to be determined This morning (March 3) they sent me half a megabyte of registration documents in both official languages but WordPerfect format only. I got on the mailing list by virtue of having submitted interventions in the earlier written comment period. As of this writing, none of the material I was sent today is on the official Web site; I'm tempted to convert it to text and post it on my own site, but I hope and expect that it will be on the Government Web site in sensible format very soon. If you need it fast (for instance, if you're in Nova Scotia) and it isn't posted at the Government URL below, please email me. I hope to attend at least the Toronto meeting and, if the organizers will let me, possibly the Ottawa one also. If anyone in the Kitchener/Waterloo Ontario area is interested in getting up some kind of posse or group delegation, please get in touch with me. I will be posting reports of my experiences in due course, and any relevant news I find out about as it happens, at the "leb wog" link below. Feel free to distribute this message to anyone who's interested, until the end of March 2002. I've attached some background links below. Matthew Skala email@example.com http://ansuz.sooke.bc.ca/ Government comment process home page: http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/SSG/rp01100e.html Notice of the consultation meetings: http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/SSG/rp00833e.html Registration information: should be posted on the Government site soon; email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need it sooner My page of links relating to the consultation, including the interventions I filed which total roughly 31,000 words: http://ansuz.sooke.bc.ca/candmca.html Article of mine in the BB&C newsletter about some of the background issues, aimed at a relatively non-technical audience: http://bbs.bbc.org/newsletter/aug01nl/skala.html Notes on many topics including copyright reform, updated approximately daily (this is where to look for the latest information): http://ansuz.sooke.bc.ca/lebwog.html Canada DMCA Opponents mailing list and links page: http://www.flora.org/dmca/ Electronic Frontier Canada, who are also active in this debate: http://www.efc.ca/ -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v1.0.6 (GNU/Linux) Comment: For info see http://www.gnupg.org iEYEARECAAYFAjyCo7sACgkQwPKgG098wJQHzgCfSOFkhJjTi+6yT0QuOg6xBqls TF4Anj06YrHHQ2VowGZFdd05xg6msYvC =4Yj+ -----END PGP SIGNATURE----- -- For (un)subscription information, posting guidelines and links to other related sites please see http://www.flora.org/dmca/
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