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[d@DCC] Delurking Etobicoke School of the Arts Student
From: "Julie Federman" <devilcatz88 _-at-_ hotmail.com>
Russell previously spoke about a student "de-lurking" from the discuss list, so here I am, de-lurking. My name is Julie Federman, a grade 10 student attending the Etobicoke School of the Arts. ESA has a very respected reputation. As well as having one of the most incredible high school arts programs in Canada (Drama, Visual Arts, Music Theatre, Music, and Dance), it is also known for having phenomenal academics. In comparison to many other high schools, ESA has a very positive, enjoyable, and comfortable atmosphere. Quite a few students at ESA are in some form, involved in politics. Generally, my fellow peers are very artistic, creative, and some are even intellectual (although some students are definitely not the brightest crayons in the box). Several students share similar views on this issue, now that I have made them aware of it. Many of them realize in their case, these changes to the Copyright Act will have a direct effect on their futures. I came to get involved with this issue when my Civics teacher stated the two most dreaded works, Culminating Task. Not decided on a topic to pursue, I asked my father, Mark Federman (who is Chief Strategist at the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto) if he had any ideas. He told me about a recent topic he is following. After he summarized the gist of it, I was interested. I began to research, and was amazed how much this affected everyone, let alone just certain demographics. Certain issues really interested me in particular. The Internet Service Provider notice and takedown, which we are all pretty familiar with by now, and how this will freeze significant free speech. Also, the effects on education – despite spotty education funding, it would be necessary for schools to redirect millions of dollars more from budgets to access publicly available Internet resources. My generation, people under twenty, who have not known the world without the Internet, cell phones, and other forms of instant communication have come to rely on these sorts of technologies to create a new world culture. Therefore, restricting access to resources and putting the control of culture exclusively in the hands of corporations results in stifling creativity and innovation. For example, if it were not for the innovation of technology, we would not have the VCR, iPods, MP3 players, DVDs, etc. Ironically, many of the proposede changes would prevent many of these technology, which is where they are currently gaining most of their success and profits from. I started circulating the petition around school, and I could not believe that almost no one was aware of this possible life impacting issue. I have been going to primarily many students, friends, and teachers about this issue, petition in hand. My general explanation would be something like : "Hi, I am circulating this petition for my Civics Culminating Task, regarding the changes that are planning to be made to the Canadian Copyright Act. This petition is being physically presented to parliament, and is basically saying for the opinions and rights of users of media (such as music, movies and documents) to be considered before they do make changes. This is a very large issue, and the major companies have only been considered in this decision so far." If he/she was not moved to sign yet, I would answer their questions/concerns and most likely regale them with more information including Cory Doctortow's "Hat in the Restaurant" story http://www.boingboing.net/2004/11/06/save_canadas_interne.html . I have been very successful circulating the petition so far. I have currently collected 189 signatures. Some of my planned next steps include writing to my federal MP, and members of the House committee. I started this simply as a school project, but now I am perusing this issue as something that is vitally important to our future. Cheers, Julie Federman _______________________________________________ Discuss mailing list Discuss@list.digital-copyright.ca http://list.digital-copyright.ca/mailman/listinfo/discuss
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