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Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre / Calgary-Centre (Via Parl.gc.ca)
I've been asked over the last decade how my activism will change once Canadian legislation that includes Paracopyright passes. Will my activism be finished, and will I admit "defeat" if a bill abrogates the government's responsibility to protect IT property rights?
[The following article was first published in the Nov 21, 2001 issue of the Hill Times on page 13]
OTTAWA -- While Bill C-11 has the title of "An Act to amend the Copyright Act," it includes provisions that will impact our usage of modern technology far beyond activities related to copyright. This bill includes policy which fits within traditional copyright law, and parts that are often called Paracopyright which offer legal protection to specific uses of technology. While the copyright parts of the bill are important, it’s the implication of the Paracopyright provisions that are cause for alarm.
I would be lying to say that I understand this issue even remotely enough to answer your questions. In the broader sense I can say that I support protection of Canadian content in the interests of agreements with other countries, ie: Canadian producers or creators should have the protection of there work entrenched in law. As the representative for Calgary Centre, I would be more than willing to raise a voice to these specific concerns on behalf of our Canadian Cultural Property. It's only a token, but I hope this helps.
Ok, I did some research and I understand the issues a little bit more. Given my limited knowledge thus far I'd have to say that I wouldn't be able to support bill C-60. I make no promises, because it is illegal for me to do so under the Canada Elections Act (s550), but it sounds like bunk special interest pandering to me.
The Calgary UNIX Users Group is hosting the following important event:
;:Thank you for giving me the opportunity to participate in this survey. The internet presents us with a new world requiring new solutions. These questions must be addressed.
Music File-sharing: What is your position on the issue of file-sharing in Canada--should it be illegal?
;:No. Making file sharing illegal will hurt more than it will help. The freedom to share information is a basic human right.
Technological Protection of Copyrighted Materials: What is your position on using legislation to prohibit circumvention of TPMs?
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