Mathieu Péron (Nickel Belt, Progressive Canadian Party)

Sorry I haven't gotten back to you sooner. I have been preparing for a couple debates.

Here are my answers for your questions & the CIPPIC ones are attached in the rtf file I'm sending you.

Do you agree that Copyright should be primarily handled by Industry rather than Heritage, and would you be willing to offer a similar pledge to the above listing Industry rather than Heritage?


* A recent government bill C-60 proposed legal protection for technical measures that claim to be used to protect copyright. Many of these technical measures are indistinguishable from SpyWare and other malware which circumvents the security of personal computers.

Would you support a bill to modernize Canadian law to provide legal protection *from* technical measures used to circumvent computer security, circumvent privacy, circumvent competition, as well as other important public policy?


An article appeared in the Toronto Star on January 2 that relates to the first question. Please read "Rootkit fiasco shows sterner laws needed" by Michael Geist and let me know if you support legal protection from abuses of technical measures.


* Are you aware that so-called "copy protection" will always fail at its claimed purpose? While digital locks can be used to prevent people from accessing content who are not yet customers, they are not capable of stopping a technically literate paying customer from unlocking the content and unlawfully sharing the unlocked content. In other words, a locked door does not stop someone who has the key.

I am aware of this.

* Copyright debates are often portrayed as being creators vs. infringers, while the most critical dynamic is creators and audiences vs. intermediaries (or incumbent creators vs. new creators).

I wasn't aware of this.

Are you aware that the interests of creators and the interests of intermediaries such as recording labels (CRIA), "software manufacturing" industry associations (CAAST) are not only not the same, but quite often incompatible.

I wasn't aware of this.

In a recent press release, head of independant label and musician Neil Leyton said it this way: "CRIA can no more legitimately claim to politically represent musicians, than bank owners can claim to represent those who have bank accounts."

* Terms such as "theft" and "property" are often used to stifle debate, and to narrow peoples understanding of cultural, content and innovation industries.

I am aware of this.

A Godwin's law for copyright discussions?

Are you aware of how intangibles like creativity and innovation are entirely different from tangibles, even though both have value and both can be bought and sold?

I am aware of this.

Are you aware of the full spectrum of methods of creation, distribution and funding of creativity and innovation? Are you aware of Peer Production techniques, Free/Libre and Open Source Software, and Creative Commons?

I wasn't aware of this.

What is FLOSS, peer production, creative commons, etc

Copyright Law and Technical Protection Measures

Do you agree that we need legislation to protect Canadians from harmful technologies like the Sony-BMG rootkit DRM?


Copyright Revision and Innovation

Do you support Canadian innovators' rights to reverse engineer or otherwise deal with a work for the purposes of security or interoperability research?

Yes but not to the level of Sony & its rootkit DRM. Plus I wish you good luck in that endeavor because there will always be someone out there trying to hack the protection.

Do you agree that we need stronger laws and enforcement mechanisms to protect Canadians from unwanted behaviours associated with spyware?

I would say yes to all forms such spyware, malware & adware.

What would your government, if elected, do to stop the flood of spam that continues to plague Internet users?

Governments are looking at a no phone list for telemarketers, but with e-mail it is hard to track where it's coming from & who is sending it so a no e-mail list wouldn't be useful, in fact it would become a list that a spammer could get & send you more spam.

I would say that people should treat it exactly like the junk mail you get in your mail box or people leaving advertising under your windshield wiper blade, front door etc. & setup the junk mail filtering on your e-mail client software & delete it or setup a law that forces your ISP to automatically set you up with a filtering system similar to your e-mail client. This filter should also be password protected so children can't get into the junk mail folder & read some unsolicited mail for profane websites.

Lawful Access
Do you agree with civil liberties groups that:

There should be no increase in state surveillance without full justification, including clear evidence of the need for such new capacities and powers and of their likely effectiveness?

Searches and surveillance should require judicial authorization on a "reasonable and probable cause to believe" standard; and that exceptions to this rule must be narrowly limited, subject to strict conditions and safeguards, and should not be expanded to include subscriber data

All state search and surveillance activity should be subject to rigorous oversight by an independent body to guard against police abuse of these intrusive powers?

Yes I agree with the liberties groups


How would you reform Canadian privacy laws in order to provide meaningful privacy protection in the Internet era?

Do you support amendments to PIPEDA that would allow for class actions and penalties, so that companies are held accountable for privacy breaches affecting large numbers of Canadians?

I would support PIPEDA & class actions & penalties. Companies should have no right to sell or distribute any of our personal information without our consent.

Identity Theft
Do you support a Canadian law requiring companies to notify individuals of security breaches that expose the individuals to identity theft?

As a victim of I density theft I would strongly support laws requiring companies to notify individuals of security breaches.

Telecom Policy
Do you support continued government and regulatory intervention in telecommunications so as to ensure that Canadians of all income levels and in all regions of the country, including those with disabilities, have access to good quality, reliable, and functional telecommunications services at affordable and reasonable prices?


Do you agree that the following policy objectives currently set out in the Telecommunications Act are fundamentally important and should remain the guiding principles of Canadian telecommunications policy:
s.7(a) "to facilitate the orderly development throughout Canada of a telecommunications system that serves to safeguard, enrich and strengthen the social and economic fabric of Canada and its regions";
s.7(b) "to render reliable and affordable telecommunications services of high quality accessible to Canadians in both urban and rural areas in all regions of Canada"?


Do you agree that any reforms to the Telecommunications Act should be subject to a full public review five years after they have been enacted?

Yes because technology is changing at a rapid pace.