Election 2006: Please add comments to discuss riding specific activities, links to candidate information, etc.
Ottawa South / Ottawa-Sud
MP: David McGuinty (Parliamentary Internet)
Dear Prime Minister Paul Martin,
On November 23, 2005, Canada became the first country to ratify the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. I agree that this is something that Canadians can be proud of.
As a followup to the meeting I had with Mr. McGuinty on November 15, I was asked to create a 1-page summary of my perspective. This is without the tables I used with the handout I gave to him at the meeting.
The following is what I came up with.
Recent advances in communications technology has drastically reduced the marginal cost (cost per additional unit) of production, reproduction and distribution of creativity. Peer-to-peer methods make the reproduction and distribution costs so close to zero to not be worth metering. This economic reality split the creative industries between the beneficiaries of established ways of doing businesses (incumbents), and those who wish to harness this change to use competitive and new methods of production, distribution and funding of their creativity (innovators).
I received scanned images (Page 1, Page 2 in JPEG format, both pages and text in OpenDocument format) from the Legislative Assistant to David McGuinty. After meeting with Mr McGuinty he asked the Private Members office if any response was received. The response is dated June 6, but the current assistant was not with the office at that time and can not comment on whether the office was notified at that time.
I will write my own response to this "response", which seems to have largely ignored our petition.
I set up a meeting with my MP, Mr. McGuinty, earlier this morning. We met in the Lobby which is part of the parliament buildings I had never been to before. It is a room immediately behind where the government-side parliamentarians sit in the House of Commons Chamber.
Summary: I started by suggesting that this is an economic policy and competition issue, not a moral, property or "theft" issue. When new communications technology reduced the marginal cost (the cost per additional unit) of the reproduction and distribution of creativity. With techniques such as peer distribution (P2P) this marginal cost is brought near enough to zero to not being worth metering.
Mr McGuinty's office called to let me know that he will not be able to make it to the Breakfast on the Hill seminar on October 27. I sent him a letter inviting him as part of a letter writing campaign.
ACTRA, CIRPA, SOCAN and the "Friends of Canadian Broadcasting" have taken out a full page advertisement in the September 5 issue of the Hill Times promoting government intervention into a recent CRTC decision on satellite radio.
I was pleased that the CRTC decision recognized that subscription satellite radio is not the same as broadcast radio. I support a full spectrum of production, distribution and funding models for creativity, and believe that the greatest threat to Canadian creativity comes from those who wish to impose past models onto all creativity.
David McGuinty (MP, Ottawa South) and his brother Dalton McGuinty (Primiere of Ontario) hosted a Strawberry Social on Sunday, June 26th from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Billings Estate Museum. I took this opportunity to have a quick conversation with David McGuinty to let him know that I'll want to have a meeting with him about Bill C-60. While not the time to discuss policy at such a social, I thought it was still a good time to keep personal connections active.
I also spoke with Dalton McGuinty, introducing myself as the constituent who wrote to him about copyright and the effects on provincial educational budgets and the need to move to more collaborative development models for the creation of educational materials. He remembered the letter and who he forwarded the issue on to. I will be speaking with him more as the provincial implications of C-60 are understood.
Dear Honourable Liza Frulla,
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.
Other key sites
Digital Copyright Canada BLOG