Timmins--James Bay

Canada’s Copyright party is … the NDP?

In many of the comments about Bill C-61 on BLOGS all across Canada you can hear people saying that all the parties are the same, and that we need a Canadian Pirate Party. The Pirate Party (Swedish: Piratpartiet) is a political party in Sweden that focus on one issue: reforming of so-called "Intellectual Property" laws such as patent, copyright, trademark and other related laws (also called PCT) to better integrate with a modern technological and participatory society.

There is, however, something exciting happening in one party that warrants a closer look for those who think fair copyright reform is important, and that is the NDP.

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See also: Copyright in Canada by Jon Newton which hilights a number of related articles.

Made Worse in Canada (feat. Jim Prentice), with additional commentary

An amazing audio/music mashup (Includes Jim Prentice, Colin Carrie, Charlie Angus, Howard Knopf, David Fewer, etc). Also check out the Jim Prentice Remix.

This is the type of creativity our laws MUST protect! We need a living fair use regime to protect this artist's right to extract these political clips without permission or payment, and we need this artist to be legally protected to fully control the digital tools for their creativity without having any foreign locks that get in their way!

Charlie Angus on Bill-61, Canadian DMCA copyright law

More conversation between the Minister of Industry and Charlie Angus this afternoon.

Format shifting and time shifting are *NOT* permitted in this bill, contrary to what the Minister claims.

51'st State: It's US vs U.S. in the battle for Canadian Sovereignty

Gordon Duggan at Appropriation Art has published a comic (PDF) about Canadian Copyright revision. It is a classic battle of good vs. evil of comic proportions where the "Evil Emissaries of American Interests try to suppress the Fantastic Freedom of Expression Fighters".

The cast of characters is somehow familiar.

Evil Emissaries (Or just misinformed?): Harper, Bush, Prentice, Henderson, McTeague, Wilkins, Feinstein / Cronyn, Schwarzenegger, Glickman, Frith, Oda

Fantastic Freedom Fighters: Angus, Doctorow, Geist, Knopf, Murray, Page, McOrmond

Did you get any useful replies on Copyright from a Conservative MP?

I recently forwarded a message about Hamilton home-town hero Bob Young speaking out on Copyright to the Hamilton area MPs. I sent 4 letters, and received 1 reply from the 3 NDP MPs suggesting they had forwarded the letter to Charlie Angus, the NDP Spokesperson on Digital Issues.

From a staffer in Conservative MP David Sweet's office I received the common message that he can't comment on a bill that hasn't been tabled yet.

Industry Minister Jim Prentice sidesteps question on counterfeit treaty and Copyright bill

If you look up counterfeit in Wikipedia it starts with, "A counterfeiting is an imitation that is made usually with the intent to deceptively represent its content or origins." What would you call a treaty that is being negotiated in secret, needed a Wikileaks leak to get past the fact that Access to Information requests were getting blacked out pages, is called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), and yet has contents which have little to nothing to do with counterfeiting?

I think we have a treaty where its very title seems to have the intent to deceptively represent its content and origins.

Within parliament we appear to have a member that is trying to get at the truth about this government counterfeiting. Charlie Angus, the NDP's digital issues critic and the sitting MP that seems to best understand digital issues, had yet another exchange with the Minister of Industry Jim Prentice. This exchange included this counterfeit treaty and the fact the Copyright bill was not to be tabled today.

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Canadian punk rocker-turned-MP submits net neutrality bill

An Ars Technica article by Nate Anderson about the Net Neutrality bill tabled by Charlie Angus.

C-552: An Act to amend the Telecommunications Act (Internet Neutrality)

Charlie Angus has tabled Private Members Bill C-522. The following is the excerpt from Hansard where Mr. Angus tabled the bill.

Mr. Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay, NDP)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-552, An Act to amend the Telecommunications Act (Internet Neutrality).

CBC: NDP to introduce 'net neutrality' private member's bill

There was a pretty good article by Peter Nowak of CBC News about the rally and the statement by Charlie Angus that the NDP would be tabling a private members bill.

Impressions of the Net Neutrality Rally.

Most of the speakers said what I would have expected them to say, as someone who had been hearing from these organizations for quite some time. Their message at the microphone was consistent with their messages on their websites and other speeches.

It was the politicians that offered something to think about.

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