No C-32 committee until the fall.

A message from Industry Minister Tony Clement (@TonyClement_MP on Twitter) has indicated that there will be no C-32 special committee struck until the fall. (parl.gc.ca says, "The House of Commons is adjourned until Monday, September 20, 2010")

This should not be taken as meaning we should all take the summer off, but that we have time to ensure that all 308 MPs have an idea of why Copyright is so controversial, and that is not about "creators on one hand, and consumers on the other". My experience over the last near decade is that the debate is largely between different creators, since many of the proposals put forward by some are aimed at their competitors and not infringers.

We have a busy summer ahead of us, especially given the level of the debate hasn't advanced as much as you might expect (or have hoped) in the last decade. You still have creator groups blindly claiming that any strengthening of copyright will benefit them, even though C-32 will do far more harm than good for most creators.

While the members of the current Heritage and Industry committees are the most likely to want to be on the special legislative committee for C-32, this is never a certainty. Your own MP is always your best gateway to talk to other MPs, including the members of any current or future committees. If you have never contacted your MP before, I'm willing to do what I can to help you make that connection. There are also many other people in our community where Copyright (or non-copyright related issues like TPMs) was what convinced them to get in touch with federal politicians for the first time.