Sarmite Bulte attempts to defend Liberal record on Internet and anti-new media copyright revision

Responding to the article from Mr Geist, incumbent Liberal candidate Sarmite Bulte (Parkdale-High Park, Toronto) sent a letter to the Toronto Star defending the Liberal record on the Internet and Copyright revision.

Geist suggests that the NDP has tried to achieve a "balance" of rights in this debate, but I respectfully suggest that it is not the NDP but this Liberal government that is committed to a balanced reform of copyright legislation. Our government introduced Bill C-60 in the last Parliament, which embodied such a balanced reform

I don't know what meaning of the word "balance" she was using. Copyright has many axis that can have balance:

Creativity always builds on the past, and the past always tries to stop the creativity that builds upon it. C-60 only offered protection for past copyright holders against creators-in-waiting.

Computer security is used to protect the owners of computers from third parties, and DRM (Digital Rights/Restrictions Management) is used to protect third parties (copyright holders) from the owners of computers. C-60 only offered protection for DRM being abused by copyright holders such as Sony-BMG. Not only did Sony-BMG circumvent security and privacy, but they also infringed software copyright to do it.

There are modern business models which harness the fact that the marginal cost (cost per additional unit) of intangibles is zero by not charging "pay per" fees (instead paying the up-front development costs), and there are unproven "pay per" business models being proposed by the incumbent media and content companies. Bill C-60 and the Liberals only offer protection for the new highly controversial (and sometimes questionably legal) "pay per" business models which seek to monitor, meter and control the private activities of Canadians.

Copyright policy is often considered a balance between the rights of authors and the rights of the general public. This was acknowledged by the Supreme Court which stated that Users have rights under copyright. Bill C-60 and many quotes from Liberal ministers only recognize the rights of copyright holders (which may or may not be authors), and never once recognized all the various forms of rights that the general public has (cultural, communications, property, privacy, etc) that Bill C-60 and copyright reform affects.

It seems that the Liberal record is to grant privileges to a very few well financed lobbiests while attacking the rights of the majority of Canadians, including independent creators. I simply don't see how it can be claimed to be balance.