Canada Votes 2006

The Canadian federal election is called for January 23, 2006.

Canadian politicians should not sell themselves to Multi-National Corporate Interests.

(Covered by: p2pnet, BoingBoing)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Fading Ways Records & several Toronto Indie Artists protest the shameless sell out of a Canadian politician and potential Minister of Canadian Heritage to multi-national corporations' lobbying interests in extremist copyright laws.

It has now become public knowledge that Liberal MP Sarmite Bulte, a long-time supporter of Canadian copyright "reform" and Bill C-60, has received significant campaign funding support from several industry players including several lobbying groups and trade associations such as Access Copyright, David Basskin's CMRRA and even, sadly, SOCAN. While legal, these political contributions amount to an ethical conflict of interest that should be eradicated from Canadian politics.

Green Party election platform to include support for open source

This ITBusiness.ca article by Shane Schick includes:

In its platform for the 2004 election, the Green Party set itself apart by promising that, if elected, it would require federal agencies to initiate transitions to open source operating systems and productivity software. It also said it would make technology that has been developed at public expense a publicly owned resource.

ITBusiness: Liberal fundraiser stirs up copyright controversy

This article by Neil Sutton in ITBusiness.ca includes this misinformation from Bulte:

Bulte said that she resents the implication of undue influence, adding that “no one can buy me for $250 or $250,000. I have been an outspoken advocate of artists and creators well before I was ever elected, because nobody speaks out for them.”

I wrote the following letter to the editor:

Ms. Bulte exemplifies those qualities that make people not trust politicians -- misdirection and false information to try to hide from her own scandal. When Bulte says that there is a need for someone to speak out for the interests of artists and creators because "nobody speaks out for them.", she is misdirecting from the fact that she is a big part of the problem in Ottawa. She is a close friends with the intermediaries between creators and their audiences. These intermediaries are an entirely separate set of interests than artists and creators, and Bulte has shut out most actual creators from the debate. She quickly dismisses anyone that doesn't share her extreme views, ignoring the warnings of dire consequences to authors and creators of her policies.

Liberals lacking policy platform? On tech issues they are headed the wrong way...

This Hill Times article by Kate Malloy and F. Abbas Rana includes:

Liberal Leader Paul Martin should be taken out of his "bubble," he should be attending rallies to energize party members across the country and many Liberals are angry that the party still doesn't have a policy platform book out yet with six weeks into the campaign and only two weeks to go, say some Liberals.

My letter to the editor:

I live in Ottawa South, and the Liberal party is making it very hard for me if I wanted to vote for incumbent David McGuinty. While the Liberals don't have policy documents, the party has answered critical technology law questions that The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) asked. http://www.cippic.ca/en/projects-cases/election-2006/

The Liberals started by insulted us on their answer to the first question, entirely dismissing the concerns of many Canadians including computer and security experts.

all-candidates meeting

New Westminster Chamber of Commerce has an all-candidates meeting at the Burr Theatre, 6:30pm - 8:30 pm Monday 16th January.
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All-candidates meeting

New west Chamber of Commerce is holding an all-candidates meeting at the Burr Theatre 6:30pm - 8:30pm Tuesday Jan 17th.
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More BLOGS/media attention to Bulte scandal

Some more references to the Bulte scandal. Version as of 14:00 on Sunday posted to p2pnet.

DRM in UK 'Munich' farce -- the incumbent intermediaries screwing creators again..

This p2pnet article, referncing a Boing Boing article by Canadian Science Fiction author Cory Doctorow includes:

"First the DVDs were held up by UK customs, thereby missing the first round voting deadline," he says. "But when they arrived, they would not play on any machine because they had been mastered for Region 1 (North America). As BAFTA members … cannot vote for films they have not seen and only a handful of preview screenings have been held, the film ought to be disqualified from consideration. I can't imagine Spielberg will be best pleased about this.

Canadian software author Don Kelly has asked Bulte "to provide a single concrete example where use of a TPM has positively increased the amount of raw cash in the pockets of a Canadian artist". Cory Doctorow features Bulte in another article titled "Hollywood's Canadian politician: history of a sellout".

With all us authors coming out against Bulte, how can she continue to falsely claim to represent us?

Reply to copyright questions

I received a phone message from Peter Julian, incumbant and NDP candidate.

Essentially, he reminded me of the work we've done together on this and confirmed that his stance on these issues hasn't changed.

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