In support of simple bills... (Pretexting --> Camcording?)

The following is a letter sent to Mr. James Rajotte, Chair of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU).

Dear Mr. Rajotte,

I notice that your private members bill, C-299, is now in front of the Senate and is likely to soon pass.

As you know there is a lot of talk about criminalizing camcording of movies in theaters. While I am among those who are highly skeptical of the claimed frequency and alleged harm, I believe that clearly criminalizing this activity in a way that didn't have harmful unintended consequences would be ideal. I look at C-299 as a model for this type of legislation.

I sent a letter to the clerk intended to be distributed to all members of the Industry Committee, indicating that I am concerned that the legitimate desire to clearly make camcording of movies illegal, and to deal with counterfeiting issues, is being deliberately confused by lobbiests with issues that are neither camcordering nor counterfeiting. These are issues where there is considerable legitimate opposition to the policies being proposed, including from people like myself who is primarily involved in this area to protect the property rights of owners of technology as well as the interests of software authors.

If the camcording issue was separated into a separate simple bill, it could be passed and reduce the pressure on Canada to pass omnibus bills which would largely be harmful to Canadian creators and innovators.

Is this possible?

As always, I am available at your convenience to meet with you in Ottawa to discuss this and related issues.

Russell McOrmond
[address removed]

Industry Committee study: Counterfeiting and Piracy of Intellectual Property

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