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The Honourable Liza Frulla speaks on cultural policy diversity?

The speaking Points for The Honourable Liza Frulla, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Status of Women, at a meeting with the diplomatic corps on the topic of the Convention on the Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions includes the following:

I firmly believe that each country must have the right and the means to adopt its own cultural policies and to promote its own modes of cultural expression. This is the only way for us to ensure that the diversity of cultural expression is not just maintained but developed, within our countries as well as internationally.

If this is the case, why the rush to ratify the 1996 WIPO treaties which impose a vary narrow vision of cultural policy that originated out of the USA's legacy content and broadcast industries?

Letter to Minister of Canadian Heritage about court decision.

Dear Honourable Liza Frulla,

Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for the Status of Women.

Two important decisions were made available to Canadians today. In parliament a few hours ago, by the narrowest of margins, the Liberal government survived a non-confidence vote. This morning the Federal Court of Appeal handed down a decision that confirmed that the privacy rights of Canadians would be respected on the Internet.

Your words, as quoted by the media around the Junos, suggest that you had had not read or understood the earlier decision of the Federal Court by the Honourable Mr. Justice von Finckenstein (Citation: 2004 FC 488) that was being appealed. You falsely claimed that Canadian copyright law needed to be changed in order to clarify that unauthorized distribution of music via the Internet was illegal. You falsely claimed that the recording industry did not already have the legal tools to sue. Given this, I am including a copy of the appeal of this decision with the hopes that you will read it, and stop spreading Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) about Canada's copyright act. If Canadians are confused about the legality of unauthorized distribution of music via the Internet, I believe you should accept some personal responsibility for this given your own words have suggested something that simply is not true.

When will the USA be added to their own "Special 301 report"

There are many policy makers like law like Heritage Minister Lisa Frulla who is entirely uninformed on copyright law and precedent. They may have read the Special 301 report and believe that Canada's laws are somehow not in accordance with international standards. The reality is that the USA has similar debates within their own country, with US Judge Patel Shoots Down Notion That the Right of Distribution Includes "Making Available". This is very similar to the second part ("making available") of the judgment from Canadian Justice Von Finckenstein.

p2pnet: File sharing in Canada, and the mistakes of the Heritage Minister. News View:- If, like many Canadians, you believe unauthorized sharing of music via p2p networks is legal in Canada, you'd be wrong.

But this isn't surprising considering that some of the most senior people in the federal Liberal government, such as heritage minister Liza Frulla, who's responsible for copyright law in Canada, make the same mistake.

Are the words of the current Minister of Heritage what the Liberals want to go to election with?

The following letter was sent by Russell McOrmond to the Honourable Liza Frulla, Minister of Canadian Heritage, in reply to a letter received. It was also copied to the "discuss" forum.

Dear Honourable Liza Frulla, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for the Status of Women.

I would like to thank Luc Rouleau, Director, Ministerial Correspondence Secretariat, for the reply letter dated April 12, 2005. I made that letter publicly available so more Canadians may read the government response:

Liza Frulla 'in a rage'

A article includes:

Frulla, meanwhile, is in complete lock-step with the entertainment industry cartels which are attempting to have Canada’s copyright laws re-written to better suit their commercial interests.


The minister-for-the-moment wants to follow the path laid out by her predecessor, Hélène Chalifour Scherrer, who promised to re-organize Canada’s copyright act to enable the music cartels to sue Canadians for sharing music online in the same way that they sue Americans.

See also: Letter to Carolyn Bennett: words from Heritage Minister Frulla upset me more than Gomery inquiry.

Letter sent to MPs: high cost and minimal benefit to current Government Copyright proposals

The following cover letter was used in packages sent to a few key MPs.

  • David McGuinty, my MP
  • Hon. Mauril Bélanger, who was previously my MP when I lived in Sandy Hill
  • Hon. Reg Alcock, who I have had many conversations about FLOSS
  • Hon. David Emerson, Minister of Industry, as I believe it would be better for creativity and innovation if Industry Canada took over copyright policy from Heritage

TechNewsWorld: File-Sharers Fighting the Good Fight in Canada

This article by Jon Newton includes:

Canadians concerned about attempts to have Canada's Copyright Act re-written to suit the entertainment industry's desires are marshaling their efforts to make sure it doesn't happen.

Member of Parliament Peter Julian has introduced "Petition for Users Rights" signatures in Canada's Parliament. More than a thousand people have signed so far, and MPs will continue to hand in additional signatures by the batch.

Letter: Parliament must protect citizens rights in the information age!

Michael Geist's article suggested we contact MPs about Digital Rights Management (DRM, also called "copy protection", or "technological measures that are used by authors in connection with the exercise of their rights"). My letter copied to the Industry and Heritage ministers and critics was copied to the Discuss forum.

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