Letter to James Rajotte about Information Technology property rights

The following letter was sent to James Rajotte, MP for Edmonton Leduc, and current chair of the Industry, Science and Technology Standing Committee.

In previous parliaments you spoke up for the rights of citizens to own tangible property. With digital issues these rights are being eroded, but not in the way that governments are currently being told.

Today I posted an article to the website of CLUE: The Canadian Association for Open Source, titled "Whose hardware is it anyway?".

You tabled signatures for the "Petition for Users' Rights" in the past, and I hope you will also table signatures to the "Petition to protect Information Technology property rights". Unless our property rights are protected, it will not be possible to protect the rights of authors or any other citizen who use information technology.

I can be made available to you to discuss this issue with you. If you know other members of parliament that would be interested in protecting property rights in a digital world, please pass this message on to them.

Russell McOrmond
(I included full contact information)


Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant:
Please help us tell the Canadian Parliament to protect our property rights as owners of Information Technology. Sign the petition! http://www.digital-copyright.ca/petition/ict/

"The government, lobbied by legacy copyright holders and hardware manufacturers, can pry my camcorder, computer, home theater, or portable media player from my cold dead hands!"