Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre, NDP)

Dear Russell,

New Democrats have traditionally expressed support for measures that protect the rights of creators, and ensure that their work is valued and compensated, whether it appears on the radio, in print media, on the internet or elsewhere.

New Democrats have also expressed that any copyright legislation needs to balance the rights of creators, users and distributors. Creators must be fairly compensated for their work, and only a creator can waive that right. At the same time, users need fair access, in order to encourage a vital Canadian culture. We would support legislative measures that involve a careful balancing of all of these factors.

It should also be noted that Bill C-60, a Liberal government initiative to protect intellectual property online through amendments to the Copyright Act, died on the Order Paper with the last parliament (38th Parliament) and that the NDP continues to study issues around copyright carefully, especially in the area of internet and digital file sharing.

More recently NDP Heritage Critic, Charlie Angus, has said the following on internet and digital copyright.

* The Liberal government initiative to protect intellectual property online through amendments to the Copyright Act (bill C-60) is wrongheaded.
* The Heritage Committee recommendations [on bill C-60] could put up barriers that would see schools pay extended licensing fees for students' use of online content and even limit rights libraries hold to share Internet resources.
* What's being proposed could have some very profound implications. If acted upon, the recommendations could herald the end of the Internet as a digital intellectual commons.

Thank you for your interest in the campaign.

Sincerely,

Kim Cormack
Paul Dewar Campaign

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Ditto

This is the response I too received from the office of Mr Dewar.