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[d@DCC] Crossing The Line: A Citizens' Inquiry on Canada-U.S. Relations.

From: Russell McOrmond <russell _-at-_ flora.ca>
To: General Copyright Discussions <discuss (at) list.digital-copyright.ca>
Date: Sun, 6 Feb 2005 12:40:58 -0500 (EST)

  I'm sending an update in the hopes that people in Ottawa will attend.  
The topic in Ottawa on Tuesday February 8 is Media & Culture, something
where the participants in this forum have quite a bit to say.

Crossing The Line: A Citizens' Inquiry on Canada-U.S. Relations.
Tuesday February 8
Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch (Metcalfe and Laurier)
Auditorium, in the basement
120 Metcalfe Street
http://www.canadians.org/browse_categories.htm?COC_token=coc_token&step=2&catid=356&iscat=1



  I have been moved from being a citizen presentation to being one of the
expert testimonies in the morning. My core theme can be taken from a
refrain I borrowed from Lessig:

    * Creativity and innovation always builds on the past. 
    * The past always tries to control the creativity that builds upon it.
    * Free societies enable the future by limiting this power of the past.
    * Ours is less and less a free society. 

My submission is at: 
  http://www.flora.ca/russell/drafts/crossing-the-line-new-media.html

  If you look at the writeup the focus is clearly on the nationality of
the intermediary in a broadcast era, and ignores new media.  Our job, and
I do hope many others will be there to help push this, is to try to
transform the debate from the nationality of the intermediary to
supporting the ability to skip the intermediaries.

  I found out on Friday an interesting detail which is that past Heritage
Minister Sheila Copps will be one of the commissioners.  Her focus has
been on protecting past intermediaries from the future, so unless
something radical changes she will be an influence on the council to do
exactly the opposite to what is needed in a free society.


  Perspective of a digital copyright reformer on Sheila Copps, MP.
  (written beginning of 2004 when Ms. Copps was fighting for her riding..)
  http://www.flora.ca/russell/drafts/copps-ndp.html

List of Commissioners
http://www.canadians.org/display_document.htm?COC_token=coc_token&id=1030&isdoc=1&catid=356


SCHEDULE

MORNING - EXPERT TESTIMONIES

 9:10 WELCOMING WORDS AND INTRODUCTIONS

 9:15 JEAN MALAVOY, NATIONAL DIRECTOR - CANADIAN CONFERENCE FOR THE ARTS
      Canadian Cultural Sovereignty

 9:45 RUSSELL McORMOND, INTERNET CONSULTANT
      Copyright Issues and Open-Source Software: Skipping the 
      Intermediaries

10:15 PETER MURDOCH, V.P. MEDIA - COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS 
      UNION OF CANADA
      Media Ownership

10:45 ERIC GEORGE, PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICARIONS - UNIVERSITY OF 
      OTTAWA
      Cultural Exception and Trade Agreements

11:20 CONCLUSION AND THANKS
11:30 RECESS

AFTERNOON - CITIZEN PRESENTATIONS

 1:40 WELCOMING WORDS AND INTRODUCTIONS
 1:45 FIRST PRESENTATION
 2:10 SECOND PRESENTATION
 2:35 THIRD PRESENTATION
 3:00 FOURTH PRESENTATION
 3:25 OTHER SUBMISSIONS FROM CITIZENS
 3:50 CONCLUSION AND THANKS
 4:00 ADJOURNMENT

EVENING - PUBLIC PANEL

 7:00 WELCOMING WORDS AND INTRODUCTIONS

 7:15 PRESENTATIONS: (1) MAUDE BARLOW (Council of Canadians); 
      (2) LAURIER LaPIERRE (Historian, former Senator); (3) TBD

 8:30 QUESTIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE
 9:00 CONCLUSION

-- 
 Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/> 
 Happy Hacking, Eh!    http://www.digital-copyright.ca/blog/2 (My BLOG)
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