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[d@DCC] PWAC Condemns New CanWest Global Contract

From: Russell McOrmond <russell _-at-_>
To: lizzylou (at), jdegen (at), info (at)
Cc: General Copyright Discussions <discuss -_at_->
Date: Thu, 4 Nov 2004 11:23:03 -0500 (EST)

Dear Liz Warwick, President PWAC, and John Degen, Executive Director PWAC,

  I read a repost of your press release at

 I could not find it on

  You may want to read my reply to Penney Kome's article:

  I believe you have found yourself in a mess, but it is one that is
largely of your own making.  We are participants of the Digital Copyright
Canada forum, and many of us will be willing to help you get out of it if
you have an interest.

  The issue you have today is minor compared to the problems that will
exist when this private policy authored by media monopolists is embedded
in the electronic tools we all use to create and communicate our work.  
This is the essence of Digital Rights Management (DRM) which both the
media monopolists and organizations like yours have been asking for.

    Why creators should oppose DRM

  It is currently hard to be sympathetic with groups who have thus far
fought alongside CanWest and other media/software monopolists.  This
political dynamic will change if you instead fought against these
monopolists.  We are here to help explain some of the technologies and
policy proposals which you have thus far supported, but will continue to
be used against you in the future.

Thank you.

Note: Penny Kome is a member of the Writers Union.  She is among many
influential writers who should be taking a closer look at what policy
reform suggestions they are supporting.

 Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <> 
 Code is Law: how software code regulates the activities of citizens,
 and acts similar to law.  How do we ensure transparency/accountability?
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