Past Heritage Minister James Moore steps out of election to work for Apple

According to CTV news and CBC-Radio Canada, past Heritage Minister James Moore has decided to step out of the election race to work for Apple Computer, inc. While it is not unprecedented for past cabinet ministers to leave politics for jobs in the private sector, of even for nominated candidates to step out after the election is called, this is an unusual combination.

"I became very comfortable with the people who will now become my colleagues", Mr. Moore said in an interview. "They were often in my office explaining to me how the technology and content industry really worked, and how Apple could become the saviour of everyone in my Heritage portfolio if only we gave them the keys to the kingdom. They explained how only if we lock computer owners out of what they own, and ensure all Canadians owned Apple authorised communications technology, could poor starving artists ever get paid."

Minister Moore was said to have been largely responsible for the digital locks aspects of Bill C-32, a copyright bill which included legal protection for digital locks. With keys held by technology companies like Apple, these non-owner locks could be used to circumvent the existing contours of contract, e-commerce, privacy, trade, copyright, consumer protection and property law. These provisions were very different than what was called for in the 1996 WIPO treaties, which only suggested legal protection for technologies used by authors in connection with the exercise of their copyright related rights. While music and other copyrighted works are available without digital locks from Apple, it is the non-owner locks on digital technology that have nothing to do with copyright law which Apple seeks to protect.

Insiders indicated that Industry Minister Tony Clement, who was unavailable for comment, opposed these provisions. He and his department wanted a balanced bill which fully recognized and protected the rights and interests of copyright holders, audiences for copyrighted works, the competitive technology marketplace, and technology owners.

Thanking his new employers, Mr. Moore indicated how much of a fan of Apple he had become as Minister. "They gave me an iPad before it was available to other Canadians in appreciation for all the work I had done in cabinet on their behalf".