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Re: [d@DCC] Copyright eConsultation: your thoughts?

From: Russell McOrmond <russell _-at-_>
To: "General Copyright Discussions (questions, organizing, etc)" <discuss (at)>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2009 13:38:48 -0400 (EDT)
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On Fri, 24 Jul 2009, Andy Kaplan-Myrth wrote:

> I'm personally disappointed in the format of the online consultation
> so far. Discussion forums allow people to have a say, which is
> necessary but not sufficient for policy consultation. In fact, it's
> very far from being sufficient.

   Do you feel this is a genuine attempt to get ideas towards policy, or an 
exercise in public relations so that they can say they did a consultation? 
Do you think this will change the bill, or that the bill is already 
entirely authored given they plan to table this bill soon after the 
consultation is done (without time to realistically affect the bill).

   I'm not certain the Town Halls are designed to get much feedback.  It 
seems I have been invited to the Toronto town hall, something that will be 
very expensive to attend for what will likely amount to 5 minutes input. 
I have to decide whether than 5 minutes (if lucky) is worth several 
hundred dollars.  At this point it seems likely that my own input will be 
limited to participating in the Slashdot-style forums and a written 

   I don't want to sound cynical.  I believe we are further ahead than we 
were back in 2001 when they didn't expec citizen participation at all, but 
am not happy with where we are.

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