CIPPIC replies: Peace River Green Party candidate

Received from Benjamin Morrison Pettit:

;:Dear Ms. Lawson,

;:Thank-you for your e-mail regarding copyright law. Although I am an engineer and not a lawyer, I have had some experience in the patent process while trying to obtain an international patent for a power producing device. I had to drop out after entering the national phase due to unexpectedly high costs of legal services.

;:The following are my personal positions regarding the questions of copyright law and may be a partial reflection of the party's position also.

;:1. Internet Music File Sharing: This should be illegal as it hinders an artists means to earn a living. This will discourage people from entering into music arts and thus reduce the amount of new music being produced.

;:2. Technological Protection of Copyrighted Materials: A law to prohibit circumvention of Technological Protection of Copyrighted Materials should be legislated, however, it would probably be effective on those who read the book 'hacking for dummies'.

;:3. Education Use of Internet Material: An amendment to the Copyright Act to allow for the free use of materials on the internet is acceptable only if the user clearly credits all sources of information. It is important that not just wealthy, but poor people have access to educational materials.

;:4. ISP (internet server provider?) for copyright infringement: ISP's would have to have very sophisticated software to read all incoming and outgoing files. They are essentially a transfer station. They should not be held liable for copyright infringement unless it can be proved that the server has acted maliciously, has knowingly permitted copyright infringement or has benefited greatly from any copyright infringement to which the server should have been reasonable aware.
;:This last statement would require that the server have a quality control and assurance program performing audits. This means that files being transferred may not be private and the public should be made aware of this by the provider.

;:5. Notice and Takedown: The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage's proposed "notice and takedown" scheme requiring ISP's to remove content on the basis of alleged copyright infringement could not be policed properly and thus should not be enacted into legislation. It would be difficult to do and would be wrong to do for an ISP to alter the content of a file. If the ISP altered a file incorrectly, it could result in a potentially catastrophic consequence.

;:6. Open Source Software: Assuming that open source software is a licensing agreement to use software on a network, I do not see a concern as long as there has been an agreement signed.

;:7. Spam: The transfer of unsolicited files should be illegal. It should be discouraged by charging the sender a small fee for each transmittal.

;:Part of the fee should go towards maintaining the system to catch the perpetrators.

;:8. National I.D. cards: A single I.D. card to provide personal information such as social insurance number, drivers license qualifications, birth certificate, health care information would perhaps make a persons wallet or purse thinner, and may even streamline the social infrastructure of our society. Unfortunately, it probably won't improve the security of our nation. In fact, a single card with all this information may make forgery easier. Also, unauthorised access to the card may infringe upon peoples privacy rights. It should be noted that peoples privacy rights should only be upheld as long as they are not harming or putting at risk any other people with those rights. If society wishes a single card, so be it, however, let us keep the hard paper copy of birth certificates. The recording of birth origin has been practised for centuries in most countries around the world for good reason.

;:Benjamin Morrison Pettit
;:Green Party - Peace River Candidate