Toronto Star: Parties the same? Not on tech issues

Surprising answers emerge from surveys

With much at stake, there's little debate

MICHAEL GEIST

LAW BYTES

With the federal election now just one week away, millions of voters are sizing up the national parties' positions on a wide range of issues. For those interested in technology law and policy issues — including copyright, spam, and privacy — the election campaign has been a disappointment as technology policy has barely registered on the election-issue radar.

Read full article in Toronto Star

CIPPIC replies: New Democratic Party

1.Music File-sharing: What is your position on the issue of file-sharing in Canada--should it be illegal?

;:The NDP supports measures that protect the rights of creators, and ensure that their work is valued and compensated, whether it appears on the radio, in print media, on the internet or elsewhere.

;:Any copyright legislation needs to balance the rights of creators, users and distributors. Creators must be fairly compensated for their work, and only a creator can waive that right. At the same time, users need fair access, in order to encourage a vital Canadian culture. We would support legislative measures that involve a careful balancing of all of these factors.

CIPPIC replies: Bloc Québécois

;:Envoi par courriel
;:Le 16 juin 2004

;:Madame Philippa Lawson
;:Directrice générale
;:Clinique d'intérêt public et de politique d'internet au Canada
;:Faculté de droit
;:Université d'Ottawa
;:Ottawa (Ontario)
;:K1N 6N5

;:Madame,

;:Nous avons bien reçu votre lettre ainsi que la liste des différentes questions envoyées dans le cadre de la présente campagne électorale.

;:C'est avec plaisir que nous répondons à vos interrogations qui, nous l'espérons, vous permettront d'apprécier les orientations politiques du Bloc Québécois.

Questions

__Partage de fichiers de musique__

Online media coverage of election website

Stories about our site have been published by a few popular online media: [LinuxToday | http://linuxtoday.com/infrastructure/2004061200526OSCYPB], [LISnews | http://www.lisnews.com/article.pl?sid=04/06/17/0542226], [NewsForge | http://newsvac.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=04/06/16/1340256], and [SlashDot | http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/06/12/231218].

There were earlier references to the Petition for Users' Rights:

Toronto Star: Copyright reform needs a balanced approach

University of Ottawa Law professor Michael Geist writes in this article in the Toronto Star:

The conflicting responses reflect two very different visions of the Internet.
...
Those concerned about the effects of greater protections view the Internet primarily as a technology for creating, not a technology for copying. For this group, represented by the millions of Internet users that post messages to newsgroups, maintain blogs, or actively share their work online, the Internet is not a spectator sport. From their perspective, copyright law should support innovative and creative work, not obstruct it.

CIPPIC replies: Green Party of Canada

The replies from the Green Party of Canada were posted to their website.

The following is just a local copy, formatted the same as done for other replies.

Comment on the Schmeiser judgement by Brewster Kneen

PCT issues go far beyond what we see on the Internet. As a reminder to those of us in the cities of the importance to connect to rural and especially farmers, I wish to hilight this article.

[Comment by Brewster Kneen that will appear in the June issue of The Ram's Horn, #221 | http://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/fpl-fbv/2004-06/msg00008.html]

;:The courts opinion amounts to a huge insult to the many millions of farmers who have selected their seeds, nurtured their crops and selected their seeds every season in an unending cycle, not for maximum “efficiency” but for a wide variety of characteristics, conditions and uses – without a hint of ownership claims, patents or monopoly.

Case Study: Hentzenwerke Publishing switches to Linux

[Hentzenwerke Publishing | http://www.hentzenwerke.com/] is a small family-run business in Milwaukee, WI (USA), specializing in custom software development and technical book publishing. Whil Hentzen was named a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional seven times. He received the Microsoft Visual FoxPro Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001, publishing Visual FoxPro books since 1998.

He [recently published an article | http://software.newsforge.com/software/04/05/28/1936211.shtml] about his converting his entire company to Linux over the last couple of years.

CIPPIC replies: Liberal party of Canada

See: http://www.cippic.ca/election2004

[Direct link to Document | http://www.cippic.ca/uploads/images/79/LiberalPartyResponse.pdf]
([PDF Viewers | http://flora.ca/pdf.shtml])

A text version of the document follows:

June 4, 2004

Ms. Philippa Lawson

Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC)

University of Ottawa

Dear Ms. Lawson,

Enclosed, please find the Liberal Party’s response to your questionnaire.

On behalf of our leader, the Right Honourable Paul Martin, thank you for writing to identify the major concerns of your membership. Your interest in the policies of the Liberal Party as they relate to these issues is appreciated.

Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) questions

Find out what positions federal parties and candidates take on some controversial issues involving the Internet and new technologies. CIPPIC's "Election 2004" webpage provides background on seven questions we are asking each party, and will include the parties' responses once we receive them. Get involved yourself - ask the candidates in your riding about their views on these or other related issues!

http://www.cippic.ca/election2004

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