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[d@DCC] Please meet with me during my Winnipeg visit: OpenCity 2005, the festival of participatory culture. (fwd)

From: Russell McOrmond <russell _-at-_>
To: General Copyright Discussions <discuss (at)>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2005 15:47:31 -0400 (EDT)

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Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2005 15:46:25 -0400 (EDT)
To:,,,,,,, "Alcock, Reg - M.P." <>
Subject: Please meet with me during my Winnipeg visit: OpenCity 2005,
     the festival of participatory culture.

   Dear Winnipeg area Members of Parliament,

   I am delighted to be visiting your city from Wednesday morning to Monday 
evening.  I have been invited by OpenCity 2005, the festival of participatory 
culture, to participate as a speaker to discuss a variety of topics relating to 
cultural and technology policy.

   I believe the organizers invited you to an event on Wednesday evening, as 
well as an offer to meet one-on-one with various speakers on Sunday or Monday.

     Public lecture at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, August 17, at the West End
     Cultural Centre. I will be followed by Liza Sabater, bolgdiva of and the jazz stylings of Nightfall.

   I will be trying to excite this community about copyright policy and Bill 
C-60 which received first reading in the house.  While copyright is often seen 
as complex and hard to understand as tax law, it is critical that Canadians 
become more informed.  I will be speaking on Wednesday both about how Bill C-60 
is largely the result of "policy laundering" by a few foreign special 
interests, and how we are trying to use our Petition for Users' Rights as a 
large public response.

   Users' rights are not only the cultural, communication and property rights of 
Canadian audiences and technology users which C-60 infringes upon, but a 
critical part of the rights of future creators who build on past creativity. 
It is as a self-employed software and non-software literary creator that I 
oppose the policy direction represented by Bill C-60.

   The next morning I offer a discussion titled "Free/Libre and Open Source: 
policy, software, culture" where we will be able to go into more detail about 
what the current copyright debate is really about.  Hint: it is not the 
misdirection about "protecting copyright" as claimed by the incumbent content 
and "software manufacturing" industry lobby groups.

   This will be a great opportunity for you, your staff, and area candidates for 
the upcoming election to talk with actual creators and other interested 
citizens about cultural and technology policy without the special interests and 
lobby groups being in the way.  This is a less filtered venue than what you 
will hear in parliamentary committees largely dominated by witnesses from 
incumbent old-economy special interests.

   I look forward to meeting with you.  If you are not able to participate in 
Winnipeg, I would be very interested to meet with you some time in Ottawa at 
your parliamentary office.

Thank you.

Russell McOrmond
Cell phone: (613) xxx-xxxx  - I will have this phone with me while 
in Winnipeg.
Other contact information:

Letter sent to:

Steven Fletcher (Conservative MP for Charleswood -- St.
Hon. Bill Blaikie (NDP MP for Elmwood - Transcona),
Joy Smith (Conservative MP for Kildonan - St. Paul),
Hon. Raymond Simard (Liberal MP for Saint Boniface),
Pat Martin (NDP MP for Winnipeg Centre),
Judy Wasylycia-Leis (NDP MP for Winnipeg North)
Hon. Reg Alcock (Liberal MP for Winnipeg South)
Anita Neville (Liberal MP for Winnipeg South Centre)

  Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <>
  2111+ Canadians oppose Bill C-60 which protects antiquated Recording,
  Motion Picture and "software manufacturing" industries from change...    Sign-->
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