Industry Committee Report recommending ratification of WIPO copyright treaties.

An Industry Committee report on the Manufacturing sector has a recommendation that has nothing at all to do with Manufacturing: the ratification of the 2 1996 WIPO treaties relating to copyright. While a subset of patents relate to manufacturing, I don't see how copyright relates to manufacturing at all.

Manufacturing: Moving Forward — Rising to the Challenge

RECOMMENDATION 11 :

That the Government of Canada immediately bring forth legislation to amend the Copyright Act; ratify the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Copyright Treaty (WCT) and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT); amend related acts; and ensure appropriate enforcement resources are allocated to combat the scourge and considerable economic and competitive damage to Canada's manufacturing and services sectors, and to Canada's international reputation by the proliferation of counterfeiting and piracy of intellectual property.

It must be noted that the name on this document is James Rajotte, the chair of Industry Committee, and the person who tabled a batch of our petitions last spring. The Conservative government response to that batch of petitions said, in part:

The Government also believes that this can best be achieved by ensuring that all stakeholders have their voices heard and therefore the Government will be mindful of the perspective raised by the petitioners.

People outside of the manufacturing sector obviously were not involved in this consultation given they would have believed that Copyright policy would not have been part of an entirely unrelated discussion about the manufacturing sector. Are stakeholders to digital copyright issues expected to go to every single committee meeting given that pushing these bad policies by stealth in unrelated hearings seems to be happening?

I will be writing a letter to Mr. Rajotte and other members of the Industry committee next week. I hope other people will as well.

Thank-you to CultureLibre.ca for noticing this issue.