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Hugh McGuire: Open Letter to Ministers re: Bill C-61

Hugh McGuire is the Founder of LibriVox.org, a volunteer service that created audio books from public domain books. In his Open Letter to Ministers Prentice and Verner he discusses some of the harmful implications of legal protection for digital locks put around public domain or otherwise liberally licensed works.

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.

Confirmed: Jim Prentice on Search Engine.

Jesse Brown confirmed that Industry Minister Jim Prentice will be on his Search Engine CBC show.

Don't expect Mr. Prentice to be honest about the contents of the bill, as thus far he has been misleading people about the origins and contents of the bill. But it will give some interesting quotes if he strays from his minimal briefing notes.

Update: See new article on Search Engine post-interview, and notes from Howard Knopf and Michael Geist, Cory Doctorow

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

Prentice's Staff Scrubbing Copyright Controversy From Wikipedia Entry

Michael Geist reports: Prentice's Staff Scrubbing Copyright Controversy From Wikipedia Entry. This was picked up by the CBC.

Pretty sad that Industry Canada employees are stooping so low as to try to manipulate the message on Wikipedia. Our tax dollars at work.

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.

Read the rest of this entry on IT World Canada's BLOG »

The Unofficial Canadian DMCA Background Document

Please read Michael Geist's summary and predictions around the expected tabling of the Canadian DMCA on Wednesday.

Bell Canada Violates CRTC Decision in Order to Stifle Competition

A Campaign For Democratic Media press release:

Bell uses its privileged access for its own benefit, not consumers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Vancouver, April 7, 2008: In March, the CRTC upheld a decade-old policy requiring Bell Canada to allow third-party businesses access to facilities, functions, or services where Bell is a monopoly (see Telecom Decision CRTC 2008-17). But as reported and criticized heavily in the media, Bell has begun shaping internet traffic on its network. By throttling the connection between competing Internet service providers and their customers, Bell is violating what should be reasonably understood as a regulatory requirement.

Charlie Angus on "Net Neutrality"

Unfortunately the question didn't separate the "Net neutrality" issue, which isn't yet regulated in Canada, and "competitive access" which only exists in Canada because of regulation. If it were not for regulators requiring competitive access for those companies with the last mile monopolies, we wouldn't have *any* other ISPs or local phone services except those offered by the incumbent phone and cable companies. The non-answer from Minister Prentice is extremely disappointing, and suggested to me he is not adequately watching this critical telecom competition file.

April Fools Order Paper

The order paper for Tuesday, April 1, 2008 still includes:

Introduction of Government Bills
No. 1
December 7, 2007 — The Minister of Industry — Bill entitled “An Act to amend the Copyright Act”.

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