CIPPIC replies: Charleswood--St. James Green Party candidate

Received from Andrew Basham

Q: Music File-sharing: What is your position on the issue of file-sharing in Canada--should it be illegal?

;:A: No it should not be illiegal. I don't think it is appropriate for the Minister to promise such an amendmant in response to industry lobbying. The government should look out for the best interests of Canadian citizens. I agree many artists may be losing income but it is not the governments job to ensure success in business. A law protecting companies profits, and jeopardizing Canadian's freedoms must be considered carefully.

Q: Technological Protection of Copyrighted Materials: What is your position on using legislation to prohibit circumvention of TPMs?

;:A: I would not support such legislation. And the recommendation of immediate ratification of WIPO makes me wonder if the commitee looked at the issues of public interest at all, or took into consideration the problems that have arisen in the USA. It is not good for the state to look after private interests before public.

Q: Educational Use of Internet Materials: Do you support an amendment to the Copyright Act to allow for the use of freely available materials on the Internet by participants in an educational program?

;:A: Yes.

ISP Liability for copyright infringement: Should ISPs be protected from liability for copyright infringement when others merely transmit copyrighted materials over their facilities, or when others post copyrighted works on websites that the ISP merely hosts?

;:A: Yes they should be protected from this form of liability.

What is your position on the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage's proposed "notice and takedown" scheme requiring ISPs to remove content on the sole basis of alleged copyright infringement?

;:A: It is silly to ask ISP's to police their own domains, as they will always plead innocence if found non-compliant. There are far more pressing matters the state could be pursuing in my mind. 1 billion people have no access to safe water in the world for instance.

Open Source Software: What is your position on increasing or mandating the use of open source software in government operations?

;:A: The Green Party of Canada's platform calls for, requiring federal departments and agencies to transition to open source software or free software for general applications and provide free technical support to Canadian companies who use this software.

Spam: How do you propose to approach the problem of spam?

;:A: We will create a national "do not contact" registry for email spam, telemarketing calls and junk mail, in addition to criminalizing the act of spamming.

National ID cards: What is your position on National ID cards?

;:A: My position is that the more documents you need to prove you are yourself, the less we value the person and the more totalitarian we become.

;:I vehemently oppose these cards.