In support of simple bills... (Pretexting --> Camcording?)

The following is a letter sent to Mr. James Rajotte, Chair of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU).

Dear Mr. Rajotte,

I notice that your private members bill, C-299, is now in front of the Senate and is likely to soon pass.

As you know there is a lot of talk about criminalizing camcording of movies in theaters. While I am among those who are highly skeptical of the claimed frequency and alleged harm, I believe that clearly criminalizing this activity in a way that didn't have harmful unintended consequences would be ideal. I look at C-299 as a model for this type of legislation.

Criminalizing pretexting in Canada.

An Edmonton Journal article by Larry Johnsrude talks about James Rajotte's private members bill C-299 which criminalize the fraudulent activity known commonly as pretexting. This bill is now in front of the Senate and will hopefully pass soon.

Industry Committee Report recommending ratification of WIPO copyright treaties.

An Industry Committee report on the Manufacturing sector has a recommendation that has nothing at all to do with Manufacturing: the ratification of the 2 1996 WIPO treaties relating to copyright. While a subset of patents relate to manufacturing, I don't see how copyright relates to manufacturing at all.

Manufacturing: Moving Forward — Rising to the Challenge


That the Government of Canada immediately bring forth legislation to amend the Copyright Act; ratify the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Copyright Treaty (WCT) and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT); amend related acts; and ensure appropriate enforcement resources are allocated to combat the scourge and considerable economic and competitive damage to Canada's manufacturing and services sectors, and to Canada's international reputation by the proliferation of counterfeiting and piracy of intellectual property.

Slyck: Bev Oda and Maxime Bernier Keep Their Positions

An article by Drew Wilson on Slyck talks about how the Heritage and Industry Ministers weren't changed in the recent cabinet shuffle.

I was speculating about the same issue before the shuffle, recognizing that we need to spend more time to reach the committee chairs for Heritage and Industry.

Letter from James Rajotte (Chair of Industry Committee)

Enclosed is two letters. The first is from from Mr. Rajotte in reply to the second letter I wrote to him in October.

November 20, 2006

Dear Mr. McOrmond:

Thank you for your email of October 7th and please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to you.

I am enclosing a copy of the government's response to your petition that I presented in the House of Commons on April 25, 2006.

If I can be of assistance to you in the future, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

Yours truly,

James Rajotte, M.P.

Open source advocates step up government lobby efforts

An article by ITBusiness.ca editor Shane Schick discusses the recent FLOSS MP awareness campaign by the GOSLING community which involved creating 308 envelopes of material, one per federal member of parliament.

While GOSLING had found a sympathetic ear in former MP Reg Alcock, McOrmond said the regime change in Ottawa has meant searching among new faces for support. One possibility, he said, is James Ragotte, MP for Edmonton-Leduc who used to act as Industry critic when the Conservative Party was still in opposition.

“Normally you can't tell who the important people are before they become important,” McOrmond said.

My hope is that people will write their MP so that we can find out who the people are in parliament that are aware of FLOSS.

Conservative Government response to the Petition for Users' Rights

This is a response to the petition signatures tabled by Mr. Rajotte (Edmonton--Leduc) on April 25, 2006. The response was dated June 5, 2006, but we only received a copy on October 20 from the Legislative Assistant for Charlie Angus (Timmins--James Bay).

The response, in English and in French, is signed by the Minister of Industry, The Honourable Maxime Bernier (Beauce). The English response follows.

The copyright Act must continue to reflect current technological and legal realities, and be supportive of innovation and research. It is also important that the law maintains an appropriate balance between the rights of copyright owners, and the needs of intermediaries and users. The government believes that creators' rights to enjoy the fruits of their labour need to be balanced with the opportunity for the public to use copyrighted works.

Copyright related communications from Heritage Minister and Chair of Industry Committee

Attached is a letter sent to the 3 named MPs. The staff from the offices of Mr. Rajotte, Mr McGuinty's and the Minister of Canadian Heritage have acknowledge receipt.

(Note to staff receiving this message. Please indicate receipt. Thank you.)

Dear James Rajotte, M.P., Chair of Industry-Science-Technology committee,
Ms. Bev Oda, P.C., M.P., Minister of Heritage,
Mr. David J. McGuinty, M.P. for Ottawa South

I received reply letters from both Mr. Rajotte dated September 27 and, through Mr. McGuinty's office, a letter from Ms. Oda. dated July 7.

Ottawa Citizen: Open-sourcing the Hill

An Ottawa Citizen article by David Reevely discussed the recent GOSLING MP awareness project.

McOrmond says GOSLING has had positive responses from a few MPs -- Tory James Rajotte is one. Unfortunately, he says, two enthusiastic open-source proponents have left the picture. Former Liberal labour minister Joe Fontana is quitting federal politics to run for mayor of London; Reg Alcock was an enormously influential supporter as president of the Treasury Board, McOrmond says, but lost his Winnipeg seat in the election that defeated his government last January.

It was Joe Fontana's hill staff that hosted an Open Source event on parliament hill on June 19th, 2006.

Letter from James Rajotte, M.P. re: Information Technology owners

The following letter was received in the mail today from James Rajotte, M.P., and chair of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU)
It was dated September 27, 2006

Dear Mr. McOrmond:

Thank you for the email and the press release that you sent regarding the rights of Information Technology owners. I appreciate your keeping me aware of these issues.

The issue of copyright legislation will likely be addressed in the House of Commons during this session. When it does, I expect that you will comment on the subject, and I hope you will appear to testify on it.

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