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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.

Request for clarification of Conservative Party Policy Declaration (copyright, patent, etc)

The following was sent in an email to key Conservative members of parliament.

As we head into an election, our community would appreciate answers some questions so that they can be used to help in our decision about who to support. While the questions are my own, I am trying to represent a group of new-media creators and audiences. The questions will focus on patent and copyright, including both domestic and foreign policy perspectives on these areas of policy. We wish to receive clarifications of some of the related policy statements from the March 19, 2005 policy declaration.

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: http://www.digital-copyright.ca/discuss/4734

Meeting with Bev Oda (Conserative Heritage critic) on Friday March 12

I met with Bev Oda on Friday March 12, 2005. I posted some notes to the forum.

I also brought some things to give to her.

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.

CIPPIC replies: Clarington--Scugog--Uxbridge NDP candidate

Received from Bruce Rogers:

;:I'm against the idea of national I D cards. I'm a longtime member of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and don't like the intrusion contemplated by those promoting the I D card.

;:Other issues are more difficult. I believe creative people - artists, musicians, writers - should be protected and others should not be able to take their work and exploit it without recompense to the person who created it. No question, the internet and its universality creates some major problems. Frankly, up to now I've considered each dispute on its own merits as I have larned the details. Our big problem is that many in our society are still unaware of the way in which the computer has complicated our lives and commerce.

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