Letter to David McGuinty, MP for Ottawa South

I sent the following letter to my MP, David McGuinty, earlier today. My hope is that it will encourage other people to write similar letters to their MP.

(I am a constituent, and have met with Mr. McGuinty a few times in the past).

Mr McGuinty,

I know you are busy these days, and I have seen your name in the news with the upcoming leadership race.

I would still like to draw your attention to the ongoing policy debates around copyright. While I do not expect that Bill C-60 will return in the new government unchanged, I am told that the Conservatives plan to table a copyright bill soon. There has yet to be inclusive consultations that included more than the legacy industry special interest groups.

The claimed reasons for needing radical changes to copyright are false, and the proposals to solve this non-problem will cause considerable harm to creativity and innovation in Canada.

I was recently a guest lecturer for a Carleton University Mass Communications class. They were very happy to hear what I had to say, partly because I brought them a more in-depth analysis of the issues than what they are able to hear from the mainstream media. These students left knowing that the issues are far more about market competition than about infringement, with the proposals from the incumbent major labels, major studios, and "software manufacturing" industry associations infringing on more rights than would be protected.

Presentation for Mass Communication MCOM5301: March 14, 2006

I would be happy to discuss this with you at your convenience.

The major labels are also doing everything possible to discourage people from ever purchasing from them. While I have boycott because of their attack on the property rights in the communications tools that I own (See: Don't fence me in http://www.digital-copyright.ca/node/1930), others are boycotting because of the lawsuits.

p2pnet talks to Tanya Andersen
(A single mother falsely accused of unauthorized music filesharing)

Site set up by Terry McBride, CEO Nettwerk Music Group

Thank you. I hope you will consider reading these suggested articles and viewing the information on Terry McBride's site. We need to ensure that as many parliamentarians as possible are aware of the real issues involved.

Russell McOrmond
305 Southcrest Private,
Ottawa, ON
K1V 2B7