Canada Votes 2008

Canadian federal election is called for October 14, 2008 @ CJSF 90.1 FM

I was on CJSF radio this evening on the show HiSciFi (Audio archive available this week online). The host Irma Arkus called me for the latter half of the show to discuss C-61, its origins, and what the various parties are thinking about Copyright during this election.

Major oops on my part not to mention the Green Party who is more of a factor in BC, and who also have a very modern view of technology law and copyright. I spoke about how I am excited to see what happens in Vancouver Center, with my rooting for Michael Byers who has a modern view of tech/copyright and against incumbent Hedy Fry who has been a bit of an old-economy wild-card. I also spoke about the CRIA candidate Dan McTeague in Pickering - Scarborough East (Ontario), and my hope that he won't be in the committee that studies copyright (either not elected, or not put in by Liberals).

Irma was already very well aware of the statements that the Conservatives have made, actually dedicating part of their platform to reintroducing the "made worse in Canada" C-61. Threat made, threat kept!

Political parties and the Private Copying regime

The Canadian Private Copying collective has sent out a press release (PDF from CPCC, covered by FYI music) where they asked the Bloc, Liberal, Conservative, Green and NDP their position on the Private Copying Regime. While the Conservatives did not respond to the survey, I believe it is fair to accept Bill C-61 as their response given they have promised to re-introduce it if elected.

Before the responses from the parties, I would like to offer what I consider to be a fair and historically consistent reform of the private copying regime.

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Green Party candidate briefing on Copyright

I have obtained permission to publish the full version of the Green Party of Canada candidate briefing on Copyright (PDF, OpenDocument). It is not intended to convey official party policy or a component of the platform, but inform candidates on an election issue.

Culture in Danger, Extended Version (Culture en Péril, Version Longue, with subtitles)

This is hilarious... or would be, if it were not so serious an issue.

Other election related Youtube videos:

Technology law suggests that conservatives shouldn’t vote Conservative

The Conservative party has released their platform. Various online forums are filled with people who might otherwise vote Conservative, but that are not doing so based on technology law which was tabled in the last parliament and promised to be re-introduced by a re-elected Conservative Government. What I find interesting is that more conservatives are starting to recognize that with this policy the Conservative party is either abandoning some of their founding principles, or admitting that they don't understand a bill they have tabled.

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Conservatives Promise to Re-Introduce Canadian DMCA

Michael Geist was the first to write that the Conservative Party has released its platform and it devotes a half-page to copyright that leaves little doubt that it plans to bring back Bill C-61 and continue to support ACTA.

See also: CBC, ZDNet

Canada elections 2008: p2pnet count-down

Jon Newton over at p2pnet has decided to dedicate this week to the 2008 federal general election. He describes why in a feature posting. I have contributed a few articles including:

Oshawa NDP candidate on Copyright.

John MacDonald, on behalf of Mike Shields - NDP candidate in Oshawa

Thank you for your interest in the views of Canada's New Democrats on the critical issues facing Canadians.

We appreciate your efforts to help voters make an informed decision on voting day.

Jack Layton and the New Democrats were quick to condemn the Conservative's changes to Canada's copyright laws.

Copyright past, copyright present, copyright future, and election 2008

On October 1'st I was invited by the Waterloo Public Interest Research Group (WPIRG) and the Waterloo Students for the Information Commons (WSIC) to the University of Waterloo to give a talk on Copyright and Bill C-61. The outline for this message is the same as for the talk: some copyright history, what has recently changed, what would be a good policy response, and what has the actual response been. I'll then end talking about the current federal general election.

The slides and recording of the talk are available online.

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