Letter to Hon. Stephen Harper Re: signatures for Petition for Users' Rights.

The following is the text of a snail-mail letter sent on Friday November 4.

Dear Hon. Stephen Harper,
Leader of the Official Opposition and MP for Calgary Southwest.

I met you on Thursday November 3 when you and Joy Smith met with teachers about Copyright and the needs of educators. While my wife is a teacher, I am a self employed Internet consultant who has offered to do what I can to help this cause. I have been very active in Copyright revision for the last 4 years, starting in the summer of 2001 when this round of reform was launched.

I have been coordinating a copyright related petition called the "Petition for Users' Rights". While users include the educational community, this petition is broader and seeks to protect the rights of authors-in waiting (who build upon and use the works of others), owners of communications technology (Bill C-60 regulates away many property rights), as well as the general public. I am enclosing a blank copy of our petition for you to read.

I have 87 signatures to this petition that were collected in Calgary at an event in May. We have collected over 2360 signatures in total, with 770 signatures already tabled in parliament. I gave an envelope of 502 signatures to Mr. James Rajotte last month, and hope to see these tabled soon.

If you are willing to table these signatures from Calgary, please let me know and I will arrange to bring them to your parliamentary office.

Thank you very much for your time. If you have any questions about the petition, or about the concerns of our community about copyright in general, I would be very happy to meet with you, your staff, or other Conservative members of Parliament.

Russell McOrmond
Webmaster for Digital Copyright Canada - http://digital-copyright.ca

Ottawa co-coordinator for the Petition for Users' Rights in Copyright http://digital-copyright.ca/petition/