Industry Minister misinterprets "Who is Candice Hoeppner" letter.

In May I sent a Who is the Candice Hoeppner for information technology owners letter to each MP. The following reply from The Honourable Christian Paradis, P.C., M.P. indicates that he didn't understand what owner I was focused on.

The letter referenced the 4 owners (copyright owner, owner of media, software copyright holder, owner of hardware). I specifically emphasised the owner of the hardware, which is what the term "IT property rights" referenced. He misunderstood and spoke only about copyright owners.

It is critical the government understands that Bill C-32 didn't recognise or respect the rights of the owners of information technology (hardware), otherwise they will make the same mistake in any upcoming technology bills.

Dear Mr. McOrmond:

Thank you for your email of May 25, 2011, in which you convey your concerns regarding protections for digital locks in Bill C-32, the Copyright Modernization Act.

While you note that digital locks are not solely a copyright issue, the Copyright Modernization Act introduced digital lock provisions with information technology property rights in mind. These provisions were proposed to ensure that creators and copyright owners could economically benefit from their works. As part of their business models, software producers, video game developers and movie distributors also rely on digital locks to protect the significant investment each makes in developing their products. While providing legal protections for these digital locks, the Copyright Modernization Act also included a number of exceptions that recognized the rights of users to access copyrighted material for purposes such as innovation and education.

The digital age presents a number of challenges and opportunities for creators, consumers and innovative businesses. Accordingly, the Government of Canada remains committed to moving forward on copyright reform to secure Canada’s place in the digital economy and to promote a more prosperous and competitive country.

In the Speech from the Throne delivered on June 3, 2011, the government reiterated its commitment to introduce and seek swift passage of copyright legislation that balances the needs of creators and users.

Once again, thank you for sharing your views on this important topic. I have conveyed your comments to Industry Canada officials who will give them due consideration.

Yours sincerely,

The Honourable Christian Paradis, P.C., M.P.