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[d@DCC] The New Year, and the Fight Goes On
From: "Julie Federman" <devilcatz88 _-at-_ hotmail.com>
Greetings and Happy New Year to all. I have not been able to post in a while, being all wrapped up in school work, rehearsals, and upcoming exams. (blah) I have still been constantly working on this issue, and I handed in my culminating Civics course component on Thursday- even after a close "all nighter" finishing the good copy of the journal. To see if we actually did any work on these projects, we were required to have a constantly updated jounal where we had to state the time spent-date-location, the action taken, rationale, and evaluation and next steps. No questions asked, I am still going to help and contribute to the progress of the Copyright Act Reform issue. I am still circulating the petition around, and so far I have collected 244 signatures! As I intended to do, I sent letters with enclosed "The Truth About Copyright Revision" information from Digital Copyright Canada to some politicians. I mailed to my federal MP- Carolyn Bennett, asking her to consider presenting petitions to the House, the head of the parliamentary committee reviewing Copyright- Samite D. Bulte MP, the Honourable David L. Emerson PC MP- the Minister of Industry, and the Honourable Liza Frulla- the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women. I sent these letters about a week and half ago, but I have not received any reply yet. As well as spreading this information orally and interesting the minds of many, I wanted to try and get this issue more press, hopefully targetting a younger age demographic as well as older. I wrote very similar articles to two pro-activist, fight the corporation, "trendy", free, and widely read in Toronto and the GTA magazines: NOW Magazine, and Eye Magazine. I e-mailed these article not long ago, so I guess it is good to have the "no news is better than bad news" mentality. I also found something very exciting back around December 22. My friend Joel, who lives in New Liskeard, Ontario (about 5 hours north of Toronto) sent me an interesting e-mail, and called me later that day. As it turned out, his Law teacher Mr. Adair found my "delurking e-mail" and while he was telling his class about the issue, me made copies of the response and began telling the class how they should get as involved and interested as I have. I did not really believe this at first, but it motivated me to work even harder. It was my birthday on December 30th, and while opening one of my presents I saw something odd. I received some CDs, and on one in particular "K-OS Joyful Rebellion" I saw six words that caught my attention before tearing it open, especially since researching this issue. "Copy Controlled, See Reverse For Details." Out of curiosity, I flipped it and read in the ridiculously tiny print: "This disk contains Copy Control technology.... On some equiptment, for example car CD players playback problems may be encountered." I sat on the couch thinking to myself, "what the heck is this?" I later found out it was the ellusive DRM technology, and did even more research. Also, it came up in previous discuss lists, and found it to be a huge issue. Again, when I told people about it, they had no clue about what was going on, and they were pretty pissed off about it. Now in mid January, i'm still not even sure if I want to open it. Cheers and good luck in all of your progress, Julie Federman _______________________________________________ Discuss mailing list Discuss@list.digital-copyright.ca http://list.digital-copyright.ca/mailman/listinfo/discuss
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