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[d@DCC] Petition Signatures / meeting election candidates / questionnaire for candidates
From: Russell McOrmond <russell _-at-_ flora.ca>
The election is coming up fast, and it would be useful to get more signatures in and try to give some numbers. I am glad that a few people have sent in petitions. 2 - Brockville, Ontario (via mail) 4 - Toronto @ KMDI conference http://www.opensourcelive.net 21 - Toronto @ Red Orkestra CD launch http://www.fadingwaysmusic.com/ 2 - Kingston, Ontario (via mail) The discuss forum has 69 members, and the discuss-digest has 33 more. I would like to have each person sign up to print out copies of the petition and bring them to friends, family, and their workplace. It should be easy for each member of the list to get at least 10 names. In the 2001 consultation process our community easily sent in 650 of the 700 responses received, and our community has grown since then. It should be possible for us to double (or more) that number before the end of the election and confirm to the new government that we must be meaningfully consulted. Meeting candidates ------------------ I just came back from a meeting with David McGuinty, the Liberal candidate for my riding of Ottawa South. He has been receiving the notes I was sending him, and is aware of the issues. He asked where the debate was, and I told him that it is one sided. Parliament is hearing from the incumbent middle-men and being told they have to quickly "fix loopholes" by ratifying the WIPO treaties. Parliament has not yet been listening to citizens who are creators and their audiences. I handed him a few things: a) A copy of "Share" from Fading Ways b) A copy of TheOpenCD.org from GOSLINGcommunity.org c) A copy of a few articles: "Happy World Intellectual Property Day", "WIPO treaties seek to infringe property rights", and my 3-page paper which was my submission prior to my Wednesday meeting with the Honourable Reg Alcock (President of the Treasury Board) d) A copy (English - I should have handed him the French) of our "Petition for Users Rights". I asked him if he could do a few things to help show he understands and will be helpful by looking at our petition and telling us: i) Does he support the petition, and would he sign it? ii) Where does he stand on the critical question of "Digital Rights Management" vs "Property rights in ICT". He was only scheduled for a half hour with me and he spent an hour, which I believe is a positive sign. He spent some time telling me who he is, and I spent some of the time letting him know about the core policy areas I work in and giving context to the questions I would be asking him. Questionnaire for candidates ---------------------------- I am wondering if we can take the petition and build it into a mini questionnaire for candidates. Quick thought ready for others to improve: http://www.digital-copyright.ca/phpwiki/?QuestionsForCandidates The following is a questionnaire for election candidates around the important cultural and creative policy known as copyright. Your answers are appreciated as early as possible. We will be making answers available on our digital-copyright.ca website as part of the materials we are presenting during this election. The questions are based on the Petition for Users' Rights which can be read at http://www.digital-copyright.ca/petition/ For each question state whether you agree or disagree, and if possible provide an explanation of why. We have members of the Digital Copyright Canada forum which are available to talk with you about these questions and our petition if you would prefer to have more background before answering. Thank you. * Do you agree with the statements that we make in our Petition for Users' Rights, including that the Copyright Act should be seen as a careful balance between the rights of creators and the rights of the public? * Do you believe that users should be recognized as having rights in our copyright act, and be meaningfully consulted in copyright reform? * Do you believe that existing users rights should be protected including Fair Dealings and the right to make private copies of audio recording (home recording)? * Do you believe that the copyright term should not be extended? * Do you recognize the property rights of citizens to own and control Information and Communications Technology (ICT - equipment such as VCRs, DVD/CD recorder/players, personal and business computers, etc) for lawful purposes, even if these ownership rights may be abused by some citizens to break the law? * Will you sign our Petition for Users Rights, and if elected fight for our rights in parliament? -- Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/> Open letters with Susan Crean http://www.flora.ca/creators/ Petition for Users' Rights http://www.digital-copyright.ca/petition/ All citizens are "rights holders" http://digital-copyright.ca/discuss/3057 -- For (un)subscription information, posting guidelines and links to other related sites please see http://www.digital-copyright.ca
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