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Candidates for office infringe copyright, so why don't they modernize it?

A young Washington-based political video blogger known on YouTube as EmergencyCheese has forced into the open a question in one of his videos I have had for a long time: since political candidates for office often violate copyright when it serves their political campaign, why do they not modernize Copyright law to make lawful activities they seem to feel are harmless?

While this blogger is US based and is talking about US presidential Candidates, if you look at any Canadian candidate or MP website in Canada you will also find copyright infringements. How can they infringe copyright (often because they and their staff don't understand this excessively complex law), and then act so morally outraged when they find out that other Canadians do the same?

Count of letters sent to MPs

The following is a live count of the letters sent to MPs or Candidates though this site. Letter 1 was sent during the 2006 federal election, Letter 2 was launched in April 2006, and Letter 3 was launched in October 2006.


Note: This page only tracks letters sent via this website. We encourage people to send letters from their own email program, as well as sending them via snail-mail. In these cases they won't be tracked here.

MonthLetter #Count
2006-01189
2006-04253
2006-0527
2006-0721
2006-0821
2006-0924
2006-1022
2006-1031
2006-1124
2006-1144
2006-1221
2007-0123
2007-0221
2007-0231
2007-0252
2007-0332
2007-0451
2007-0551
2007-0862
2007-1125
2007-12253
2007-1232
2007-1242
2007-1251
2007-1263
2007-12726
2007-1289
2008-0126
2008-0171
2008-0225
2008-0251
2008-0261
2008-0271
2008-0321
2008-0421
2008-0471
2008-0522
2008-06211
2008-0721
2008-0821
2008-0921
2008-1041
2008-1122
2008-1222
2009-0321
2009-0421
2009-0621
2009-0823
2010-0991
2010-09101
2010-10101
2010-11101
2011-0222
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