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Re: [d@DCC] Delurking Etobicoke School of the Arts Student

From: Russell McOrmond <russell _-at-_>
To: General Copyright Discussions <discuss (at)>
Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2004 12:00:27 -0500 (EST)
References: <BAY102-F28C8A85C2BFC3F5CCF1390B1A00@phx.gbl>

On Sat, 18 Dec 2004, Julie Federman wrote:

> Russell previously spoke about a student "de-lurking" from the discuss
> list, so here I am, de-lurking.

  Thank you for writing this message.  I have sent a copy to a civics 
teacher I know at the school my wife teaches at.  My hope is that civics 
teachers will pass around notes about this and encourage their students to 
get involved as well.

> 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.

  The issue that got me involved in this in the summer of 2001 was Digital 
Rights Management.

  Just a quick note that while "Claim and Censor" (Notice and takedown) 
are part of the Heritage recommendations and were part of the USA's DMCA, 
they are not actually part of the WIPO treaties.

Summary of Interim Report on Copyright Reform

> have currently collected 189 signatures. Some of my planned next steps
> include writing to my federal MP, and members of the House committee.

  This is amazing.  Let us know any way we can help.

> I started this simply as a school project, but now I am perusing this
> issue as something that is vitally important to our future.

  It is great to see a school project grow into something that has real 
impact on the world outside of school.  This is what civics class should 

BTW: If your civics teacher wants letters from fellow Canadian citizens 
about the importance of what you have taken on as your project, let us 

  Yours is such a good-news story compared to what we hard about Steve
Geluso, the student at Washington's Richland High School who dared (like
the rest of us, the courts, the law, the dictionary) to contrast copyright
infringement from "theft".

 Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <> 
 Have you, your family, your friends (, your enemies) signed the
 Petition to the Canadian Parliament for Users' Rights in Copyright?
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