Laurier - Sainte-Marie

Bill C-11 house debate day 5

On November 24, 2011 we had the fifth time when the House of Commons debated Bill C-11 (at Second Reading).

The debate ended with the speaker asking if the house is ready to vote on the amendment. This vote was deferred until Monday at the end of government orders.

I believe the amendment is the one brought by Hon. Geoff Regan (Halifax West, Lib.) on the first day of debate which read:

That the motion be amended by deleting all of the words after the word “That” and submitting the following:

“this House declines to give second reading to Bill C-11, An Act to amend the Copyright Act, because it fails to:

(a) uphold the rights of consumers to choose how to enjoy the content that they purchase through overly-restrictive digital lock provisions;

(b) include a clear and strict test for “fair dealing” for education purposes; and

(c) provide any transitional funding to help artists adapt to the loss of revenue streams that the Bill would cause.

Given the Conservatives have a majority this amendment will fail the vote, but it is interesting to see what the focus from the Liberals have been.

Bill C-11 house debate day 3

On November 14, 2011 we had the third time when the House of Commons debated Bill C-11 (at Second Reading).

The most notable aspect of the debate for me is how the Conservatives are going out of their way to conflate the WIPO Paracopyright provisions (tied to infringing purposes, no restriction on circumvention tools, etc) and the non-WIPO (beyond-WIPO) Paracopyright provisions.

Copyright as an Election Issue?

Howard Knopf highlights that copyright came up in the meeting between Gilles Duceppe, the Bloc Québécois leader, and Prime Minister Harper on August 30.

It is not known whether the Bloc's lack of enthusiasm for Bill C-61 is because it goes too far or doesn't go far enough.

I also suspect the fact that C-61 tromps all over provincial jurisdiction (technological measures are really about eCommerce, contract and tangible property law) was also not a topic of conversation. So much for the alleged purpose of the Bloc in federal politics.

The Bloc targets ISPs, but what are ISPs?

A constituent received a letter from Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe on Bill C-61 that looks quite similar to what we saw from Bloc MP Thierry St-Cyr. The message: we somehow have to fulfill some obligation to ratify the WIPO treaties that the Liberal federal government signed, and the Bloc is worried that ISPs aren't being held more responsible for infringement.

Now here is my personal problem. Bill C-61 is an omnibus bill, with the majority of the bill being about "technological measures". A colleague did a work count of the English text and found that this component of the bill takes up over a third. If we were able to talk about ISP liability as an independent topic, I would have a more nuanced position that lies somewhere between no liability and the Bloc position of scapegoating communications providers.

Fair Copyright Montreal

The Montreal group has a great WIKI set up at This is an exciting trend to see, as it will allow people in the area to better coordinate with their neighbours to talk to their neighbours and their own elected representatives.

Letter to constituent from office of Gilles Duceppe (Bloc leader)

The following was received by a constituent and posted to the Fair Copyright for Canada facebook group.

Dear Ms. *********:

Thank you for your e-mail of December 7 regarding the looming introduction of an intellectual property bill by the Honourable Jim Prentice. We appreciate your concern about this important issue, which affects all of us directly.

Rest assured that, should the bill be introduced, the Bloc Québécois will take a hard look at it in the best interests of all stakeholders, especially artists.

Yours sincerely,

Karine Lafontaine

Election 2006: Laurier--Sainte-Marie

Election 2006: Please add comments to discuss riding specific activities, links to candidate information, etc.

Incumbent information

Laurier / Laurier
MP: Gilles Duceppe (Parliamentary Internet)
Bloc Québécois - Leader

July 3rd 2005 in Montreal: Copyright and you

Copyright 2005: Sunday afternoon, July 3rd 2005. A presentation of FACIL, Koumbit and LabCMO.

About fifteen kiosks hosted by local and not so local Free Culture enthusiasts such as Debian, FreeCulture, KDE, île sans fil, Savoir Faire Linux; a press conference announcing the Semaine québécoise de l'informatique libre, a Free Software week; a Richard Stallman presentation on copyright; and finally, the answers to all your questions with Russell McOrmond (Flora), Daniel Pascot (Laval University) and Marcus Bornfreund (Ottawa University), responsible for the canadian adaptation of the Creative Commons licenses.

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