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Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Leduc / Edmonton - Leduc (Via Parl.gc.ca)
I wanted to quickly hilight Corey Grajkowski's blog. His "about me" says the following:
When I met James Rajotte on October 18, I dropped off signatures to our two petitions. I have been waiting to hear them tabled, but noticed today that they were instead just filed with the Clerk of Petitions on December 10, 2007.
I will be holding onto other signatures I have received given we are very likely heading into a spring election. I want to have some ready to be tabled early in the next session.
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):
When reading an eWeek article by Roy Mark talking about political donations to US presidential candidates, I wondered what would be said in Canada. We don't have a separate executive branch, with our prime Minister simply being the leader of the party that receives the most seats, so an apples-to-apples comparison isn't possible.
I met this morning for about 70 minutes with James Rajotte. He initially indicated we had about 20 minutes, but I suspect the conversation was considered interesting enough that he decided to extend the time. We met the first time in the context of my intervention at Industry Committee in 2004 to discuss a bill about satelite television and competition.
Toronto Star: Dangerous fake goods crossing border (Only listen to Britney Spears on "Authorized" hardware!)
A Toronto Star article by Iain Marlow talks about the "Counterfeiting" problem in Canada, including the following:
If this wasn't about intellectual property rights, then why was WIPO treaty ratification (Entirely about protecting the outdated business models of the content industry) includes as a recommendation in their report? I think someone is trying to use the "sharing music kills babies" style of political rhetoric to scare politicians into passing laws that will circumvent the property and other rights of Canadians.
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!
Other key sites
Digital Copyright Canada BLOG