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Re: [d@DCC] SPAM supportive of the Conservative party making the rounds...

From: Russell McOrmond <russell _-at-_ flora.ca>
To: General Discussion <discuss (at) digital-copyright.ca>
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2004 09:49:07 -0400 (EDT)
References: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0406272004050.5500-100000@diamond.ansuz.sooke.bc.ca> <Pine.LNX.4.58.0406272256590.202@peace.urth>

On Sun, 27 Jun 2004, Krishna E. Bera wrote:

> I'm not seeing any connection between spam / worms and digital copyright
> law and practice.

  If this is a question about why this is being discussed here, the answer 
is that I offered to work with CIPPIC and PIAC during the election.  SPAM 
is an issue discussed in the http://www.cippic.ca/election2004 set of 
questions.

  There are many connections between personal control of ICT and SPAM and 
the other issues mentioned in the CIPPIC questions.  This forum isn't just 
about digital copyright, and has always (even from before it got that 
name and was called Canada DMCA Opponents) spoke about many areas of 
technology law.


> It seems to me this is a telecommunications abuse issue, and an election
> undeclared use of resources issue.


  It is an issue you asked questions about in the past, so is likely
something close to your heart.  Is anonymous or third party election
advertising "free speech" that should have no limits?  I strongly believe
election advertising is not something that a democracy can allow to have
no limits at all in order to be a democracy.  If you believe in democracy
being 1-citizen/1-vote and not $1/1-vote then there must be limits on
advertising.


  This is an anonymous SPAM, and will be hard to track.  If it was signed
and authorized by an agent of some party or candidate, then it would have
been accounted in their campaign spending and have been legal under
election laws.  That agent/candidate/party would then have (appropriately)  
received the wrath of online Canadians for contributing to the online
pollution that we must all spend so many resources to clean up.

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