Calgary Centre-North

Michael Geist has Ten Questions for Industry Minister Jim Prentice

Michael Geist has 10 questions about the upcoming Copyright for Industry Minister Jim Prentice.

It is suggested that everyone reading this BLOG also read Michael Geist's BLOG. For instance, he also wrote today that the Songwriters Association of Canada Calls for Legalized P2P File Sharing.

Letter to MP & Jim Prentice about Copyright

I sent the following email to my MP, Thomas Mulcair, of the NDP, and Jim Prentice, Conservative Minister of Industry responsible for Copyright, as wellas a number of other federal politicians. If anyone wishes, please feel to use the text or modify as you see fit.
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Dear Minister Prentice:

Copyright discussed in Parliament : Oct 23, 2007

You know that a bill is coming when the topic of Copyright is mentioned many times in the Hansard for a single day. This is in addition to the discussion of "Counterfeiting and Piracy" in Question Period.

Hon. Jim Prentice (Minister of Industry, CPC) - in the context of his Debate on Address in Reply of the Speech from the Throne):

My first letter to the new Heritage and Industry Ministers.

Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007, sent in e-Mail. This version cleaned up to read better in HTML. Also published on: p2pnet


Dear Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry,
Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage,

Congratulations on your new cabinet positions. As you likely know, one of the joint responsibilities you will have is Copyright, an area of policy that is of great interest and concern to me as a software author, as well as an internet/security consultant.

Prime Minister Harper presents new Ministry

Prime Minister Harper presents new Ministry (See Press release). Changes include past Heritage Minister Bev Oda moving to Minister of International Cooperation, past Industry Minister Maxime Bernier moving to Minister of Foreign Affairs, with Honourable Josée Verner taking over Heritage and Honourable Jim Prentice taking over Industry.

Mark MacGillivray (Calgary North Centre, Green Party)

Hi Russel:

These questions you bring up are huge and we at the Green Party are on the cusp of understanding and developing policy for them. We agree that the current copyright system is unworkable and we intend to move forward with an idea of an 'information commons' that exists for the benefit of all and providing incentives for individuals to contribute to it.

I will be examining your links in more detail after the election. It is a cutting edge issue that will make itself felt in the national discussion next election. I will contact you then and we can discuss the proper policy response for the Green Party of Canada.

Election 2006: Calgary North Centre

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

Incumbent information


Calgary North Centre / Calgary-Centre-Nord
MP: Jim Prentice (Parliamentary Internet)

Calgary - May 18th, 2005 : The Danger of Software Patents

The Calgary UNIX Users Group is hosting the following important event:

Richard Stallman from the Free Software Foundation and of the GNU Project, author of the GPL, the man who made GNU/Linux possible, will be giving a talk in Calgary.

Richard Stallman will explain how software patents obstruct software development. Software patents are patents that cover software ideas. They restrict the development of software, so that every design decision brings a risk of getting sued. Patents in other fields restrict factories, but software patents restrict every computer user. Economic research shows that they even retard progress.

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