CIPPIC replies: Nepean--Carleton NDP candidate

Received from Phil Brown:

;:Thank you for the opportunity to respond to your questions. My answers are below.

;:Phil Brown

;:New Democratic Party Candidate for Nepean-Carleton

;:phone: (613) 593-3346 or (613) 596-9517
;:fax: (613) 596-2983

;:email: mail@philipbrown.ca
;:web: http://www.philipbrown.ca

Questions:

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

;: No

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

;:Opposed

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?

;:Yes

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?

;:Opposed

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

;:No opinion, I would seek to learn more about this topic in order to form
an educated opinion.

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

;: I prefer technical strategies, not legal ones. The law is a heavy hammer to use against what is, at least at this point, primarily only a serious nuisance. This is an issue that may need revisiting from time to time as technological capabilities develop. Some kinds of controls might be necessary at some time in the future if spam were to evolve to the point where individual privacy were being threatened, but in that case regulation might also have to be contemplated with respect to spyware of all kinds, including the aggressive use of cookies and other intrusive identification devices by business. The Internet has become an powerful tool for cracking monopolistic media and for giving voice to ordinary people. It is fast becoming an important tool for strengthening our democracy, breaking down cultural and racial barriers and building a more harmonious world. I strongly support maintaining a free and open internet to the maximum extent possible, subject only to ensuring that it not be used in reverse as a tool for surveillance.

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

;:Opposed