Kamloops - Thompson - Cariboo

Michael Geist: The Copyright MPs

Michael Geist has identified a group of 27 MPs (nine percent of all MPs) who share two key attributes - they won their riding by 10 percent or less in the last election and their riding is home to a university. The combination is important since it is these MPs - not the very safe Jim Prentice - who will face the consequences of the Prentice bill that will harm a generation well versed in digital technologies, social networks, and the Internet.

Canadian Photographer Claims Violation of Creative Commons License by MP

According to a BLOG article by Michael Geist, Betty Hinton, the Member or Parliament for Kamloops - Thompson - Cariboo has infringed the copyright of a Canadian photographer that was licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license.

“The licensing information was right there, right on the photo. So that was bypassed by a member of Ms. Hinton’s office,” Hobby photographer David Wise told Kamloops This Week. You can also read what David wrote on his own BLOG.

As parliament gears up to make radical changes to the Canadian Copyright act that will make Copyright more complex and make more activities infringing, this type of case can be a very useful educational exercise to remind MPs that the first priority must be to "clarify and simplify the Act", and that non-biased public education on the law is far more helpful than the counter-productive direction they have been contemplating so far.

Matt G. Greenwood (Kamloops - Thompson - Cariboo, Green Party of Canada)

Hi there Russell

First, my sincere apologies for the lateness of my reply. I had meant to get to all of this much sooner, but things being what they are on a small campaign, this is the first "day off" I've had in quite awhile!

I'll try to answer your questions in order. I'd certainly agree to having the answers published, though I recognize that there's little point so late in the game. Again, my apologies.

* There has been a call from people like Michael Geist for candidates and parties to take the "copyright pledge" that states that:

I would take that pledge in a second.

Election 2006: Kamloops - Thompson - Cariboo

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

Incumbent information

Kamloops–Thompson / Kamloops–Thompson
MP: Betty Hinton (Parliamentary Internet)

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