I have sent a form letter to all Conservative MPs, and a derived letter to all NDP MP's asking the above question.
Thus far I haven't heard anything from Conservative MPs other than some acknowledging receipt.
I have received better response from the Official Opposition NDP. Jack Layton's staffer let me know that "MP Charlie Angus will continue on in his role as critic for digital issues". A few moments ago I received a voice call from Peter Stoffer himself to let me know to contact Charlie. Another MP staffer is looking into setting up an in-person meeting with a newly elected MP.
Attached below is a sample of the email I sent out:
Peter Arend Stoffer,
MP for Sackville--Eastern Shore
In the last parliament Conservative MP Candice Hoeppner represented the political battle to protect the interests of long gun owners from what many considered to be intrusive government regulation in the form of the long gun registry. The NDP caucus was mixed on this issue, partly divided by urban and rural constituencies and experiences.
Information technology owners need to find someone within the NDP caucus who can fight to protect our rights. My hope is that this issue will not be as contentious within the NDP, and won’t divide the caucus between technology neophytes and the more technologically advanced.
Allegedly to reduce abuses of information technology, there are proposals from a variety of governments including the current Conservative government and the previous Liberal government to put non-owner locks on information technology. The legalization and legal protection for non-owner locks prohibit the owner from changing the locks so that they can make their own software choices. This effectively prohibits owners from being in control of the technology for lawful and often socially beneficial purposes.
This goes far beyond mere registration of a multi-purpose tool that has the potential to be abused, but locks them up such that otherwise lawful uses are prohibited. I hope you will agree that abuses of computers are far less harmful to society than abuses of guns, and that computer owners should have their rights respected at least as much as (ideally much more than) gun owners.
I am looking to find a member or group of members within the NDP caucus who are willing to protect the interests of law abiding Information Technology owners in the same way that Ms. Hoeppner focused on the interests of law abiding long gun owners.
If you are this person, or have an idea of who this person may be within your caucus, please let me know. I live and work in Ottawa, and can be made available to you at your convenience.
(Contact info at URL -- removed from blog posting)
I am providing some sample links to better understand the issue. Please note that while this issue has come up recently in the context of Copyright, that IT property rights is an issue that should be understood as separate from Copyright. Please don’t be distracted by this attempt at misdirection by specific corporate interest groups. There are many non-Copyright related activities which are restricted by non-owner locks, and even within Copyright the interests of both creators and audiences are best protected when citizens are in control of their own technology.
My intervention in front of the Bill C-32 committee to discuss this issue:
Meeting 17: March 8, 2011 11:04 a.m. - 12:46 p.m. (EST)
I ended my introduction with:
“For no other type of property would this be considered. We would never legally protect non-owner locks to all guns in a country where many are uncomfortable with the mere registration of long guns. We would never legally protect non-owner locks on our homes, alleging it was necessary to protect the insurance industry from fraud. We would never legally protect non-owner locks on our cars, allegedly to ensure that automobiles could never be used as a getaway vehicle.”
Petition to protect Information Technology property rights
Protecting property rights in a digital world
The long computer registry and IT control