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[d@DCC] Where does Minister Frulla really stand on cultural policy?

From: Russell McOrmond <russell _-at-_>
To: mdesouza (at)
Cc: General Copyright Discussions <discuss -_at_->
Date: Sun, 6 Nov 2005 21:01:05 -0500 (EST)

Re: Culture part of Canadian identity goes beyond NAFTA, says Minister 
Frulla  (Page 2, September 7, 2005 issue of Hill Times )

   I find it disturbing that federal Heritage Minister Liza Frulla claims 
that the UNESCO cultural diversity convention is a big personal 
achievement as a politician.  Will she also claim as an achievement the 
passage of her Bill C-60 and the implementation of the 1996 WIPO treaties, 
even though Bill C-60 directly conflicts with the UNESCO convention?

   The UNESCO convention recognizes that cultural policy is about far more 
than protecting the special economic interests of the old-economy industry 
associations who historically controlled the primary mechanisms of 
production and distribution of culture.  This is a concept the US 
government strongly rejects given US industry greatly benefits from this 

   The 1996 WIPO treaties came out of United Stated Patent and Trademark 
Office (USPTO) policy from earlier in 1995 (search for "Lehman report"). 
The policy didn't pass domestically, so they took these ill-conceived 
ideas to WIPO. The purpose of this classic policy laundering was to 
protect the primarily US based incumbent media, entertainment and 
"software manufacturing" companies from competition from new methods of 
production, distribution and funding of creativity.  The claim is that 
these treaties reduce "copyright infringement", but in reality they simply 
make more activities into infringement with the goal of stopping 

   Is the Heritage Minister entirely unaware of the origins and goals of 
the 1996 WIPO treaties, or is her claimed support of the UNESCO cultural 
diversity convention simply a whitewash to distract Canadians from her 
promotion of US industry interests?

   Will the Minister stand up and recognize that Canadian culture needs 
protection *FROM* Bill C-60? Will she recognize that not only should 
Canada fully reject the 1996 WIPO treaties, but that we should stand with 
those countries including Brazil, Argentina and the other friends of 
development who seek critical reform of WIPO? WIPO must recognize that its 
mandate is not to protect the incumbent US media, entertainment and 
"software manufacturing" companies from competition!

Russell McOrmond
Ottawa, Ontario
Coordinator: Digital Copyright Canada
Internet Consultant: FLORA Community Consulting

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