Conservative government to introduce copyright bill: Bev Oda

An article in The Hill Times by Simon Doyle (Monday April 10, 2006, p 22) quotes Bev Oda from last week after the Speech from the Throne.

"Copyright legislation has to be amended to make [compliant] our copyright laws and ratify the international treaties," Ms. Oda (Curham, Ont.) said. "We will be introducing a new copyright bill that will expedite meeting our international obligations but also making sure that we have a copyright regime and a copyright framework that's appropriate."

There is no need for Canada to feel an obligation to ratify the 1996 WIPO treaties, highly controvercial policy which protects incumbent content industry monopolies from necessary competition and modernization. When it came to policy that protected authors right, such as the Berne Convention that was one of the founding treaties of WIPO, we see that Canada entered into force on April 10, 1928 while our lagest trading partner/competitor, the United States, only did so on March 1, 1989. When we are talking about protectionist policies, protecting primarily the businesses and business models of our largest trade competitor, there is a claim to be an immediate obligation that stifles debate. When we are talking about policies which protect authors rights it can take that same trade competitor a full 61 years to catch up with Canada.

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Going to be interesting

Going to be intresting to see what there thinking.
Going to be looking here and in the news.
For upcoming info

Don't just read the news, be the news...

This is a critical time for people to be writing their MP to ensure that the MPs are informed about the controversy in this. A Conservative copyright bill can be very different than what we saw in the last parliament, but we need to ensure that citizens are expressing themselves and that the government is hearing from more than just the outgoing old-economy industry associations.


Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) consultant.

I understand what.......

I understand what your saying.
But I will write my MP and Bev Oda when i get my numbers done.
As well when i find out more on the new bill. I can also voice my concerns with it as well.

Not aimed just at you..

The reply wasn't aimed at you, but hopefully some other people reading these comments.