A blueprint for better copyright

Imagine an Ontario government initiative that responded to rising concern over speeding on provincial highways by installing hundreds of automated radar guns to identify cars that failed to obey the speed limit. Rather than sending a speeding ticket to those caught by the system, however, the government instead sent a bailiff to confiscate the car keys

Full article by Michael Geist in Toronto Star...

OpenCity FreedomFest (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

OpenCity FreedomFest is a freeform festival celebrating free culture, indy politics and Open Source Software.

It takes place August 20-22 in Winnipeg's Exchange District. It's about an uprising and convergence of social innovation, cultural innovation, and technological innovation, celebrating unmediated interaction.

This event is sponsored by the Prairie Linux User Group http://www.plug.ca

See: OpenCity FreedomFest post to CanOpenER.ca.

SPARC Open Access Newsletter and Discussion Forum

Peter Suber offers a great newsletter and forum for Open Access.

I was forwarded a copy of the Aug 2 issue which included references to movements within the UK and US governments to support (or mandate) Open Access for government funded research. This logic can extend to all forms of research funded by governments, as well as to things such as government created software.

Canada's CIO branch offers position on Open Source Software

A document part of the Federated Architecture Program documents the position on Open Source Software.

Existing Canadian federal legislation, agreements and policies accommodate a wide variety of business models for public sector software acquisition, use, production and distribution. Accordingly, software solutions used in the Government of Canada come under many license types, including certified "open source" or "free/libre" software licenses.

CIPPIC replies: Russell McOrmond (Webmaster for Digital-copyright.ca)

I was not a candidate in the previous election, but I believe it would be useful for people actively involved in technology law issues to offer their own thoughts on the questions for parties and candidates from the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC).

Supreme Court rules that ISPs don't have to pay music royalties

The court ruled 9-0 that companies providing wide access to the web are merely "intermediaries" who are not bound by federal copyright legislation.

How did past members of important committees do?

I did a quick lookup of the new list of MPs for those races for past members of Heritage Committee and members of Industry Committee.

Past Heritage Minister Honourable Hélène Chalifour Scherrer, Liberal candidate for Louis-Hébert, lost her seat to Roger Clavet of the Bloc Québécois.

ITBusiness.ca: Electoral candidates challenged on IT user rights

6/23/2004 5:00:00 PM - Public interest groups like PIAC asked five federal parties what they plan to do about spam, privacy and open source once in office. Four of them responded. Find out how technology issues stack up on the national agenda

by Fawzia Sheikh

[Read full article | http://www.itbusiness.ca/index.asp?theaction=61&sid=55943]

CIPPIC/PIAC responds to Bulte Report on Copyright Reform

CIPPIC responds to Bulte Report on Copyright Reform:
Together with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), CIPPIC issued a highly critical response
(PDF) to the Interim Report on Copyright Reform released by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage last month. CIPPIC and PIAC state that the report ignores key evidence and submissions by public interest groups, and lacks reasoning for some key recommendations. They call for rejection of the report and for a more balanced approach to copyright reform in Canada.

Text version follows:

News Release: Public Interest Groups make Internet an Election Issue

News Release

Ottawa, ON

June 21, 2004

Public Interest Groups make Internet an Election Issue

Three public interest groups have launched a campaign to focus the attention of political parties and candidates on issues involving the Internet and user rights. The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), Digital Copyright Canada, and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) have asked party leaders and candidates for their views on user rights under copyright law and other technology-related issues.

CIPPIC and PIAC also issued today a highly critical response to the Interim Report on Copyright Reform released by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage last month. CIPPIC and PIAC state that the report ignores key evidence and submissions by public interest groups, and lacks reasoning for some key recommendations. They call for rejection of the report and for a more balanced approach to copyright reform in Canada. See http://www.cippic.ca/whats-new .

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