Parkdale - High Park

NDP challenges CRTC over media concentration

A press release from the NDP:

Wed 7 Mar 2007

TIMMINS – The Canadian public continues to be shortchanged by the CRTC regarding the serious threats posed by mega-media concentration. NDP Heritage Critic Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) declared today that the proposed hearings over the CTVGlobemedia / CHUM merger do nothing to address the structural threats facing Canada’s broadcast universe from media concentration.

Popular blog has serious clout

This The Age article by Michelle Griffin talks about BoingBoing, the world's most popular blog, and the contribution of Canadian science fiction author Cory Doctorow.

In January, the site campaigned against a Canadian MP, Sarmite Bulte, who accepted (legal) donations from the entertainment industry while she was drafting copyright laws — she lost her seat and blamed the blog.
A Canadian-born, London-based journalist, author and activist, Doctorow is well known for his work on digital copyright issues. He appeared before the United Nations to argue against regional restrictions on DVDs, campaigning against the one-use limitations programmed into digital television technology and championing Creative Commons. This is a new kind of copyright contract that allows writers, musicians and other artists to encourage copying, reproduction and sometimes alteration of their works.

Cory Doctorow mentions Parkdale High-park MP Peggy Nash a few times in his Podcast..

Canadian-born science fiction author Cory Doctorow wrote many articles during the campaign suggesting that people vote for Peggy Nash, and vote against Sam Bulte. He also voted for Peggy Nash himself.

He included discussion about the election in his podcast. People from all over the world will have heard about the issue, and about Sam anti-"User Zealot" Bulte.

IP issues catching on with the public

This Law Times article by Mark Bourrie includes:

“Technology can be used to limit the ability of people to interact with what they increasingly see as their own property. They’re concerned with legal rules that would entrench the powers of large multinationals to exert greater control over what they see as their own property,” he said.

Geist says politicians and the mainstream media are truly surprised that people are taking an interest in the issue.

“If the last couple of weeks has shown anything, this controversy over Bulte shows just how divisive the copyright issue is and increasingly how so many Canadians view themselves as a stakeholder in the process,” he said.

Sam Bulte: gone, but not forgotten

This article by Michael Geist (Geist's blog, p2pnet) includes:

Third, this could have been about any issue, but it wasn't. It was about copyright. Copyright is often described as a fringe issue, yet to millions of Canadians it has an enormous impact on their daily lives, affecting education, culture, creativity, the use of personal property, privacy, and security. Labeling those concerned with these issues as pro-user zealots or claiming that this is merely about music downloading is to miss a much bigger story and to fail to connect with a segment of the population.

Link hilight: Blogs Don't Get the Credit They Deserve?

ITBusiness: After-election coverage..

ITBusiness has a few articles relating to the changes brought on by the election.

Bloggers take some credit for defeat of Liberal who pushed copyright reform

A Canadian Press article by Mike Oliveira ( version) discusses how BLOG affected Sam Bulte's attempt at re-election.

Reported in the Toronto Star, her exit words were about as well thought out as some of her anger at the broader creative community during her campaign.

"What do you expect me to say? I have no thoughts. You run on your record and the people decide for change," she said.

When asked about her thoughts on a minority government, she said, "To be frank, I don't care. I dedicated my life to the people and to the riding and they decided. It's great; it's a democracy."

Bulte, a lawyer, said she will return to her practice.

"According to everybody, I did nothing. You work so hard and devote your heart and soul and the people have chosen. So good luck to the NDP. Good luck to Peggy Nash and good luck to the country."

Bloggers happy about the exit of Hollywood's Sam Bulte

There are many BLOGS writing about this, and I'll provide a few links.

Looking at some specific results

Here are the preliminary results for the ridings we were watching closely. There are some very positive outcomes for us, especially in the two top ridings we were watching. This is hopefully an indication of a positive future for creators and users of "works of the mind".

General results from the Library of Parliament.

Parkdale--High Park
Peggy Nash wins the election, unseating Hollywood's member of parliament, Sarmite Sam Bulte.

Timmins--James Bay
Independent writer, broadcaster and musician Charlie Angus retains his seat. This is an important win for Canadian independent creators.

Bev Oda, possibly the new Minister of Heritage.

Jeanne-Le Ber
Liza Frulla, past Heritage Minister, looses her seat.

Steve Page writes on the Bulte/copyright issue...

Steven Page, lead vocals and guitar for the Barenaked Ladies, added some thoughts about the election on his BLOG, praising the artists perspective expressed by science fiction writer Cory Doctorow and author/musician Matthew Good.

This current litigious atmosphere is simply a product of the record business trying to prop up a dying, obsolete business model. The labels aren’t the enemy; they’re often run by people who love music and are passionate about the promotion of Canadian culture, but their responsibility is not to the Canadian people, but to their parent companies’ shareholders. It’s the government’s job to protect us (both creators and end-users) from those who are out to exploit us.

Thanks to Michael Geist for keeping this issue hilighted!

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