CIPPIC replies: Halifax Green Party candidate

;:Hello Philippa,
;:Please see my responses in CAPS below.
;:Thankyou

;:Michael Oddy
;:Green Party Candidate, Halifax

;:Authorized by the Official Agent

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?

;: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?

;:IT MIGHT BE A GOOD IDEA TO ESTABLISH AN INDEPENDENT BOARD WHICH WOULD REVIEW COMPLAINTS AND ISSUE AN ADVISORY OPINION WHICH COULD BE FOLLOWED BY THE ISP. IF EITHER PARTY FEELS AGGRIEVED THEN IT COULD BE TAKEN TO THE COURTS FOR ADJUDICATION.

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?

;:THERE SHOULD BE AN INITIAL INDEPENDENT BODY/BOARD WHICH DETERMINES THE VALIDITY OF THE CLAIM.

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

;:I'M NOT SURE.

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

;:SPAM IS A FORM OF POLLUTION, IN MY OPINION. THEREFORE, THOSE WHO ENGAGE IN IT SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN A LICENSE AND PAY FOR ITS TRANSMISSION. THOSE WHO SEND OUT SPAM SHOULD BE TREATED AS ADVERTISERS.