The court ruled 9-0 that companies providing wide access to the web are merely "intermediaries" who are not bound by federal copyright legislation.
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
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CIPPIC responds to Bulte Report on Copyright Reform:
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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 .
Surprising answers emerge from surveys
With much at stake, there's little debate
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.
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.
;:Envoi par courriel
;:Madame Philippa Lawson
;: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.
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There were earlier references to the Petition for Users' Rights:
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