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From: =?ISO-8859-1?Q?Fr=E9d=E9ric_Bastien?= <nouiz _-at-_ nouiz.org>
Hi, I find that the modification to the letter is well done and make the needed clarification. thanks Frédéric Bastien Russell McOrmond wrote: > Frédéric Bastien took the letter at > http://www.digital-copyright.ca/edid/letter2 , translated it to French, > and updated it to form a letter to their MP endorsing the Petition for > Users Rights. > > That endorsement is now on the English petition page > http://www.digital-copyright.ca/petition/ > > "The Association des Étudiants et Étudiantes aux Études Supérieures du > DIRO, University of Montréal gradate students in computer science, > endorsed the petition at their general assembly on September 13, 2006." > > > They received a reply from the office of M. Lapierre. It was largely > a generic answer to acknowledge the reception and tell us they will take > it into account. It also included a note to inform us that Bill C-60 > is dead. > > I updated the English letter to make it clear that we recognize that > Bill C-60 is dead, but that we expect a future bill to similarly concern us. > > I am looking for feedback on the letter text. I am also hoping that > people will send letters to their MPs so that they are aware of the > interest in this area of policy, and will be in touch with us once a > bill is tabled. > > > New proposed text for first two paragraphs: > > ---cut--- > Copyright law, and the changes proposed in Bill C-60 from the last > parliament, are of concern to me. While Bill C-60 died on the order > paper when the election was called, we are worried that similar > provisions will be contained in a future bill. While copyright is most > often described as a balance between the interests of creators and the > interests of the general public, the debate has been dominated by > special interest industry lobby groups representing intermediaries > (people who are neither creators nor the general public). > > Bill C-60 may have been supported by these industry intermediaries, ... > > ---cut--- > > > Full text of original letter: > > ---cut--- > > Dear Mr. David McGuinty > Member for Ottawa South > > Copyright law, and the changes proposed in Bill C-60 from the last > parliament, are of concern to me. While copyright is most often > described as a balance between the interests of creators and the > interests of the general public, the debate has been dominated by > special interest industry lobby groups representing intermediaries > (people who are neither creators nor the general public). > > Bill C-60 may be supported by these industry intermediaries, but is > highly controversial with creators, and not supported by users. Industry > lobby groups such as the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) > can no more legitimately claim to politically represent the interests of > creators than the owners of the major banks can claim to politically > represent the interests of people who have bank accounts. > > One of the many controversial aspects involved the legal protection of > technical measures used by copyright holders. It may be appropriate to > protect technical measures applied by copyright holders to their own > content. What cannot be allowed is the legal protection of technical > measures that affect devices that they do not own (e.g. my home computer). > > The Sony-BMG case, which infected hundreds of thousands of networks of > computers with a "RootKit" and "SpyWare", resulted in many lawsuits > against Sony-BMG. Speaking to a group of copyright holders about this > issue, Stewart Baker, Department of Homeland Security's assistant > secretary for policy, said, "It's very important to remember that it's > your intellectual property -- it's not your computer. And in the pursuit > of protection of intellectual property, it's important not to defeat or > undermine the security measures that people need to adopt in these days." > > Not only should we not be protecting this abuse of technical measures, > but we should be passing laws which clearly make it illegal to apply a > technical measure to something without the informed consent of the owner. > > Thousands of Canadians, including hundreds of people who are in creative > or innovation industries, have signed the "Petition for Users' Rights" > which articulates a more balanced vision. Creators support this balance > as they realize that creativity builds on the past, and that the > protection of Creators' Rights includes the protection of Users' Rights. > In order for there to be a future generation of creators we must limit > the control of past creator or non-creator copyright holders. > > English Petition text > http://www.digital-copyright.ca/petition/petition_en.pdf > > French Petition text > http://www.digital-copyright.ca/petition/petition_fr.pdf > > More information on the petition http://www.digital-copyright.ca/petition/ > > Do you support this balanced vision? > > Would you be willing to meet with me and/or members of our community to > discuss these issues? > > Sincerely, > > Russell McOrmond > ... > > Constituent of Ottawa South > http://digital-copyright.ca/edid/35064 > > _______________________________________________ Discuss mailing list Discuss@list.digital-copyright.ca http://list.digital-copyright.ca/mailman/listinfo/discuss
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