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The new Copyright bill expected to be tabled for first reading in December is getting a lot of attention. Michael Geist posted an update to his 30 Days of DRM: 30 Things You Can Do which included reference to the petitions on this site. This article was referenced by many other sites, including SlashDot.

This may be the first time some people visit this site.

Please be assured that the two petitions are current, and we are needing more signatures. I dropped off the signatures I had in October when I met with James Rajotte, Chair of Industry Committee, and we are needing more signatures!

Please sign up to the site, set your riding, and send a letter to your member of parliament. We will be creating a new letter as soon as the bill is tabled, but you may want to send a letter early as well. Please check out the About this site which includes a summary of where we came from, and what different components exist to this site.

Please consider joining our mailing lists, and doing everything you can to let everyone know about this issue: your Member of Parliament, your friends, your family, any groups you are a member of, your enemies, and anyone else who is willing to listen.

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Contacting our MPs

Just wanted to do my part to encourage everyone reading this to write their MP, and any other MP holding a stake in this issue.

Personally, I'll be contacting primarily opposition MPs, as once the Conservatives introduce the legislation, it will be impossible to get any Conservative members to vote against it (unless they want to join Mr. Turner). I've already written my own MP, Mr. Paul Dewar, and Hon. Mauril Bélanger, Liberal critic for Heritage.

Let's do everything we can to protect our rights!

All parties should be written..

If the Conservatives receive a lot of feedback in the next week or so before the bill is tabled, there is a small chance they may have second thoughts about tabling it.

If there is a lot of feedback, it will also suggest to Conservatives to send the bill to committee before second reading.

I've already been a witness in front of Industry Committee for a bill that was tabled by the government of the day, and that was never passed because of controversy heard at committee. In this case it was Bill C-2 tabled by the then Liberal Government. Please do not assume that once the bill is tabled that communicating with Conservatives or committee members has no value, as this has not been the case in the past.

I've been very pleased with the meetings I have had with Conservative members, and think that if they get more technologically literate views than they are hearing from CRIA/etc then this can make a major difference. There is no reason for them to blindly follow the Clinton-Gore era policies that lead to the 1996 WIPO treaties, and where the primary architect (Bruce Lehman) has already suggested didn't work out too well.

It is critical that French Quebecers to contact the Bloc. As an anglophone Ontarian I have no way to reach them, and they are the most likely to support the WIPO treaty ratification which they have thus far felt helps Quebec creators. This is because some of the older Quebec groups have said so, with most of these groups looking back to the 1980's as good times prior to new technology. If you have any connections with any creator associations/unions/etc, please open conversations on copyright! If you have connections in the National Assembly, try to engage them as well as if the province sees new technology and new business models as a great advance, then the Bloc will be forced to look at this issue more seriously.

The NDP have Charlie Angus as someone who understands the issues (Having come to parliament as an independent musician), but this isn't an area of policy other members may have spent the time to learn. Try to encourage them to individually learn, and not leave everything to Charlie.

The Liberals were in strong favor of WIPO treaty ratification in their controversial Bill C-60. They may have changed their mind since then, as more has been learned. They need to be pushed to require evidence-based policy rather than emotion-based policy. They need to push for independent economic study on things such as anti-circumvention legislation, P2P filesharing, software copyright infringement, etc. The industry studies and claim on these files are largely without merit, and can not be used to promote industry-supported policy directions that may even harm those industries.

Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) consultant.