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.

While technical measures are claimed to be used by copyright holder to protect their copyright, there are technical reasons why this goal can never be achieved. What is left is the hidden agenda of specific special interest groups, which is the desire to use technical measures and Digital Rights Management to circumvent privacy, competition, contract and other laws. There is already a successful US class action suit for the harm caused by Sony-BMG copy control, as well as a Canadian class action suit, as well as a suite from the Texas Attorney General.

The growing awareness of the harm caused by this software, largely indistinguishable from SpyWare and other malware, is causing music fans to think twice before buying a CD. I believe that this issue is more likely to be the source of the decline the major labels are seeing than their scapegoat of unauthorized music sharing.

These technical measures circumvent computer security: the goal of computer security is to protect the owner of the computer from third parties, while the goal of technical measures are to protect third parties from the owner of the computer.

We also have a major accountability problem where the incumbent Liberal in Parkdale--High Park is caught in a scandal that upsets me far worse than the sponsorship issue. If the Liberals form the government, she is someone in-line to become the future Heritage Minister. She has close ties with some very narrow special interests in copyright policy, with these same special interests hosting a fundraiser for her during the election. It has been exposed that her extremist position largely came about after these ties, exposing what seems to be a very clear case of influence peddling.

As a Canadian creator who recognizes that excessive control from incumbent intermediaries is a far greater threat to Canadian creativity than any amount of copyright infringement, I am very frustrated by her false claims to be trying to support the cultural community. The reality is that she is our greatest threat.