Port Moody - Westwood - Port Coquitlam

Form letter from Heritage Minister James Moore.

On August 5'th I received an email that was "From: min.moore@pch.gc.ca". It had no content, but two file attachments - one HTML and one GIF. Thunderbird warned that it was most likely a scam, given this is a common technique used by spammers to avoid SPAM detection software.

I extracted the file attachments, and I wasn't all that surprised to learn that it was a form letter originating from the Heritage Minister's office. This isn't the most technologically literate Minister or department in Canada, and it was unlikely that ensuring emails wouldn't be confused as SPAM or scams would be something they would know much about.

The GIF image was a scan of a form letter, which reads as follows. Having read it, I think Thunderbird was right to have automatically detected it as a scam.

Moore has his facts wrong on Copyright

Author, broadcaster, editor, journalist, musician, negotiator, singer, and MP Charlie Angus has released a letter to Heritage Minister James Moore discussing how the Minister has his facts wrong on Copyright.

It is great that we have an actual creator in parliament, able to speak on behalf of fellow creators, rather than too many parliamentarians that get confused by intermediaries falsely claiming to represent creators!

Is there a copy left vs copy right?

When I first heard a group outside of the Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) or Creative Commons movement use the word "CopyLeft", I thought they were simply using the term incorrectly. (See: Independent authors just wanting a little respect... from fellow creators and collective societies from 2006)

In the FLOSS movement it means something similar to ShareAlike with Creative Commons: the license says the copyrighted work can be freely shared (without additional permission/payment) as long as any derivatives are equally shared. The licensing model is not opposed to copyright in any way, and focuses on material rewards in the form of additional creative works rather than royalties.

I continue to hear the term "copy left" used, sometimes by those who consider it a positive term, but more often by people who are trying to use the term in a derogatory manner. In this context the term is not being used to reference to a licensing model, but a political philosophy.

This suggests that the term "copy left" references a liberal creators' rights philosophy, and the "copy right" refers to a conservative creators' rights philosophy. It is only a coincidence that those on the "copy left" also support CopyLeft style licensing.

(Including full article here -- configuration issue at IT World Canada. Read full article on IT World Canada's blog >> )

Copyright debate turns ugly

CBC's Peter Nowak has another great piece about the debate around Copyright, and how Minister Moore has made things more divisive with his "you are either with us, or against us" style.

I added the following as a comment:

Mr. Moore's comments about anyone who opposes aspects of C-32

Canada Newswire has posted video of the speech given by Heritage Minister James Moore. His closing, at around 7 minutes into the second video, is a rant against people like myself who are critical of aspects of the bill which are harmful to creators.

IMHO My most radical view in this debate has been that legal protection for technical measures has to respect the Canadian constitution, and that TPMs protecting contracting and eCommerce be legally protected in the appropriate provincial legislation.

It is important we know what type of extremism we are up against with the current Heritage Minister, in order for us to push forward amendments that will make C-32 less harmful to the interests of Canadian creators.

(See also: Michael Geist's comments)

I embedded the videos below.

Has Heritage Minister James Moore blocked you on Twitter?

Follow @no_mpjamesmoore if you been blocked by @mpjamesmoore. The account won't be used for tweets (at least, not often), but a list of those who Mr. Moore doesn't want to hear from.

From the Twitter support site, "Blocking prevents a user from following you, sending you an @reply or @mention, or putting your account on any of their lists."

Heritage Minister James Moore blocks transparency

Heritage Minister James Moore, the Minister who is said to be largely responsible for the use of DMCA language in C-32 rather than the use of WIPO language for technical measures, has gone as far as blocking me access to follow his tweets. It is one thing for him to have ignored the large number of creators opposing components of C-32, and it is yet another to seek to avoid any accountability and transparency.

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The Minister of Industry - Bill entitled “An Act to amend the Copyright Act”.

The new bill is now on the order paper. Like Bill C-61, and unlike previous Liberal bills, it will be tabled by the Minister of Industry rather than the Minister of Heritage.

Copyright bill to be tabled this spring: heritage minister

A Vancouver Sun article by Andrew Mayeda and Sarah Schmidt includes:

In an interview ahead of the Juno Awards in St. John’s, Heritage Minister James Moore told Canwest News Service the government plans to introduce a new copyright bill this spring.

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