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Current members of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU)

Copyright policy is the joint responsibility of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Minister of Industry. Two committees of the House of Commons are therefore the key members who are most likely to be studying this topic and related bills.

Members of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (40th Parliament, 2nd Session. January 26, 2009 - ).

Industry Canada Proposes Changes to Spam Bill as Lobbyists Demand More

Michael Geist reports on some lobbying being done to water down an anti-SPAM bill.

At yesterday's hearing, it was discouraging to see lobbyists for Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Canadian Intellectual Property Council huddling with Liberal MPs before the start of the hearing. It was even more incredible to see lobbyists for the Canadian Real Estate Association draft a series of questions about the bill, hand them to a Bloc MP, and have them posed to the witnesses moments later.
Consider writing to your MP or the members of the Industry Committee today asking them to support C-27 with an opt-in approach.

I recommend writing to your MP, asking them to forward the letter to committee members. This may increase the impact.

Update: The Copyright Lobby's Secret Pressure On the Anti-Spam Bill, which is referenced via BoingBoing.

Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage receives Briefing on Copyright

One of the current activities of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage is a Briefing on Copyright, where they have had a few meetings.

Michael Geist has blogged about the Not-So-Straight Talk on Copyright MPs are receiving.

I believe this should also be taken as an oportunity for constituents to write to MPs who are in Heritage and Industry committees prior to a bill being tabled.

Election 2006: Peace River

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

Incumbent information

Peace River / Peace River
MP: Charlie Penson (Parliamentary Internet)

CIPPIC replies: Peace River Green Party candidate

Received from Benjamin Morrison Pettit:

;:Dear Ms. Lawson,

;:Thank-you for your e-mail regarding copyright law. Although I am an engineer and not a lawyer, I have had some experience in the patent process while trying to obtain an international patent for a power producing device. I had to drop out after entering the national phase due to unexpectedly high costs of legal services.

;:The following are my personal positions regarding the questions of copyright law and may be a partial reflection of the party's position also.

;:1. Internet Music File Sharing: This should be illegal as it hinders an artists means to earn a living. This will discourage people from entering into music arts and thus reduce the amount of new music being produced.

Election 2004: Peace River

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