Pickering - Scarborough East

Liberal MP McTeague Pushing New IP and Anti-Counterfeiting Caucus

Michael Geist has blogged about Liberal MP Hon. Dan Mcteague (Pickering - Scarborough East)'s proposal to create an "IP and Anti-Counterfeiting Caucus". Part of the proposal is a push for 1996 WIPO treaty ratification which has absolutely nothing to do with Counterfeiting, and everything to do with circumventing the rights of creators, software authors and hardware owners by revoking control by private citizens over the technology used to record, edit and distribute digital creativity.

Counterfeiting and Piracy are theft (NOT!)

As parliament was being recessed for the summer, James Rajotte stood up as the Chair of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology to table their latest report very embarrassingly titled Counterfeiting and Piracy are theft. See Michael Geist's article Industry Committee Demands a Canadian DMCA.

While I am obviously going to send a copy of my article Jefferson Debate: A Godwin's law for copyright discussions to each member, we clearly have a lot of work ahead of us to educate members of parliament on the basics of these issues. If you are in (or live near) the riding of any of these MPs, please make sure you set up a meeting in their constituency office this summer!

Liberal vice-chair of Industry Committee lobbies for CRIA/CAAST position in Copyright revision

The Hill Times this week has two Copyright related articles. One is from Gordon Duggan who is co-founder of the Appropriation Art Coalition who talks about the appearance that the Minister of Canadian Heritage is not listening to all sides of the debate (p29). The Liberal vice-chair of the Standing Committee of Industry, Science and Technology, Dan McTeague (Pickering - Scarborough East), signs an article that reads as if it was authored by CRIA or CAAST (p31).

Can't afford the Copyright Cartel's big banquet? Join Online Rights Canada for a Balanced Meal instead!

Public interest group Online Rights Canada is hosting a Balanced Meal event to coincide with the big-money/big-copyright/big-media lobbiests event for Sam Bulte.

If politicians take tens of thousands of dollars from the industries they regulate, are independent artists, educators, librarians and the general public really going to get a fair shake? So come out on Thursday, have a bite to eat, and find out how regular Canadians can get a seat at the copyright reform table.

Covered by: p2pnet

Gary Dale (Pickering--Scarborough East, NDP) answers questions

Hi Russel. I've attached the NDP response you requested. Here is also a response I sent to another person on similar issues (more direct answers to your questions below):

I do not condone the illegal copying of music or other material. However, this is a civil and criminal justice issue. It is not up to the media companies to implement vigilante solutions.

- I think Canada needs a fair-use amendment to clarify what uses are permitted and under what conditions.

- I think that the blank media levy is fundamentally incompatible with the copy protection schemes on many commercial CDs. Either you have one, the other or none, but never both. It is interesting to note just how little of that levy ever made it to the artists it was supposed to compensate.

Toronto area Election Debate: Poverty at Home and Abroad

Celebrated author and UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa Stephen Lewis, journalists Linda McQuaig and John Stackhouse, and anti-poverty activist Josephine Grey will query party representatives on their plans to Make Poverty History through policies of foreign aid, trade, debt and child poverty in Canada. Please read earlier articles about the connection between PCT and poverty issues.

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
Samuel Hall Currelly Gallery
100 Queens Park
Queens Park Entrance
January 12, 2006
6:45 PM
Free, seats will be distributed on a first come
first served basis.

To reserve tickets contact info at cciorg.ca or call 416.967.1611 ext 221.

Election 2006: Pickering--Scarborough East

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

Incumbent information

Pickering–Scarborough East / Pickering–Scarborough-Est
MP: Hon. Dan McTeague (Parliamentary Internet)

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