Vancouver Centre

Liberal MP Hedy Fry

The Calgary folks have done a roundtable interview of Hedy Fry on Bill C-61. Thanks to Michael Geist for the link. More on the event from Kempton Lam's own site.

Canada’s Copyright party is … the NDP?

In many of the comments about Bill C-61 on BLOGS all across Canada you can hear people saying that all the parties are the same, and that we need a Canadian Pirate Party. The Pirate Party (Swedish: Piratpartiet) is a political party in Sweden that focus on one issue: reforming of so-called "Intellectual Property" laws such as patent, copyright, trademark and other related laws (also called PCT) to better integrate with a modern technological and participatory society.

There is, however, something exciting happening in one party that warrants a closer look for those who think fair copyright reform is important, and that is the NDP.

Read full article on p2pnet >>

See also: Copyright in Canada by Jon Newton which hilights a number of related articles.

Copyright Q&A with Michael Byers, presumptive NDP candidate for Vancouver Center

A Hill Times article NDP's 'star' candidate Byers sets sights on Vancouver Centre describes how a best-selling author and academic, Michael. Byers, is seeking the nomination in that riding. I decided to do a written interview with Mr. Byers on copyright, included below. It looks like Vancouver Center will be an important riding to watch for those of us interested in copyright.

Read the rest of this entry on IT World Canada »

Michael Byers links to the interview on his own blog.

Politicians will be politicians: Obama’s technology policy not as good as advertised?

I wasn't watching the US presidential primaries because I saw it as a race between Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb. I have some political ideas that might otherwise slide me to supporting the Democrats, but then I look at the damage done during the Clinton/Gore years to the US domestic and foreign economic policy through the DMCA, Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, and the two controversial 1996 WIPO treaties (largely US efforts). This isn't all that different than Canada where I have some political ideas that might otherwise convince me to vote Liberal, but then notice that some of the worst ideas on technology law have been promoted by Liberal MPs such as Sheila Copps, Sam Bulte (Lost her seat in the 2006 election), and now Dan McTeague and Hedy Fry.

I then watched a slideshow from Lawrence Lessig titled 20 minutes or so on why I am 4Barack. Lessig said that Obama's technology policies were strong, and that he was going to work to change congress to reduce the influence of special interest group money on the US congress. I quickly blogged about this myself back in February.

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Hon. Hedy Fry (Vancouver Centre, Liberal) on Copyright and "Intellectual property"

I try to stay non-partisan on this issue. I do not know if the words of Hon. Hedy Fry represent the thinking of the Heritage Committee or the Liberal Party of Canada. I believe it is incumbent on all Canadian citizens to talk to their MPs and ask them if these words reflect their own thinking. I guess I have to reveal my hope that politicians which have such antiquated ideas about the knowledge economy will either retire on their own or otherwise replaced with younger, more experienced politicians.

Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage demands copyright bill

The members of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage have tabled a report where they make the following statement:

The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage recommends that the Government Bill entitled “An Act to amend the Copyright Act” for which notice was given on December 7th 2007, once introduced and read a first time, be referred to a Special Joint Committee made up of members or associate members of the Standing Committee of Canadian Heritage and of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology before second reading.

Current members of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage (CHPC)

(Note: This is out of date. New committee not yet formed).

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 Canadian Heritage (CHPC)

US Tech Workers Give It Up to Democrats. What about Canadians?

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'm a Green, Hedy Fry is Blue, Nickie is a Space Cadet, lets hang out in the Tiki Bar

(Also carried by p2pnet)
There have been a number of ideas that have been bumping around my head the past few weeks that need to be pushed out onto this BLOG after listening to This Week in Tech Episode #92. The episode was about user generated content, which included the Vancouver based hosts of the Tiki Bar. What they were talking about reminded me of my recent meeting with the Honourable Hedy Fry, the Member of Parliament for Vancouver Center.

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