Petition for Users' Rights

Batch of Petitions tabled by Charlie Angus

A new batch of petitions were tabled by Charlie Angus. From the Hansard for Thursday, November 2, 2006.

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Copyright Act

Mr. Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to bring forward to the House today two petitions.

The first is signed by people from right across this country in regard to developing new copyright legislation that recognizes the careful balance between the rights of the creator and fair public use. Given that digital technologies have recently given copyright holders the ability to upset the traditional balance in the Copyright Act by preventing Canadians from accessing works that they should have fair access to, the petitioners are asking Parliament to ensure that users are recognized as interested parties in any future copyright decisions and to ensure that any material changes in copyright legislation preserve the concept of fair use and the rights of users to fairly access works.

Conservative Government response to the Petition for Users' Rights

This is a response to the petition signatures tabled by Mr. Rajotte (Edmonton--Leduc) on April 25, 2006. The response was dated June 5, 2006, but we only received a copy on October 20 from the Legislative Assistant for Charlie Angus (Timmins--James Bay).

The response, in English and in French, is signed by the Minister of Industry, The Honourable Maxime Bernier (Beauce). The English response follows.

The copyright Act must continue to reflect current technological and legal realities, and be supportive of innovation and research. It is also important that the law maintains an appropriate balance between the rights of copyright owners, and the needs of intermediaries and users. The government believes that creators' rights to enjoy the fruits of their labour need to be balanced with the opportunity for the public to use copyrighted works.

Petition Signatures tabled by James Rajotte

502 signatures were tabled in the House on April 25, 2006 by Edmonton--Leguc MP James Rajotte.

Mr. James Rajotte (Edmonton—Leduc, CPC): Mr. Speaker, it is my honour today to present a petition on behalf of hundreds of Canadians across the country with respect to the Copyright Act. The petitioners wish to properly recognize the careful balance between the rights of creators and the rights of the public, including viewers, readers and listeners.

The petitioners call upon Parliament to ensure generally that users are recognized as interested parties and are meaningfully consulted while proposed changes are made to the Copyright Act and to ensure, in particular, that any changes at least preserve all existing users' rights.

Covered by: Michael Geist, p2pnet, BoingBoing.

Petition for Users' Rights in Canadian Copyright: 2 years and 2400+ signatures later

Today marks the 2-year anniversary of the launch of the Petition for Users' Rights in Canadian Copyright. Users' Rights includes not only the rights of audiences of creative works of the minds, but also the next generation of creators who always build upon the past.

We have two packages of signatures that are being prepared to be tabled in the new parliament, and we are always looking for more signatures to be tabled by more members of parliament.

502 signatures were dropped off at Edmonton--Leguc MP James Rajotte's parliamentary office on October 27, 2005. His assistant confirmed on April 5 that they have the signatures and had forwarded them to the Private Members office for confirmation, and will hopefully be ready to be tabled in parliament soon.

200 signatures dropped off at Timmins--James Bay MP Charlie Angus' parliamentary office on October 27, 2005.

Canadian music giant funds battle against RIAA

Nettwerk Music Group, Canada's biggest record label, publisher, and management company, is helping out a family sued by the RIAA.

"The current actions of the RIAA are not in my artists' best interests," said Nettwerk chief executive Terry McBride in a prepared statement.

"Litigation is not 'artist development'. Litigation is a deterrent to creativity and passion and it is hurting the business I love."

Read the full article by Andrew Orlowski of The Register at

Signatures to the Petition for Users' Rights still needed...

Today I received 8 signatures for the Petition for Users' Rights from Waterloo, Ontario. It is important that we continue to collect signatures and have them tabled in the new parliament. Some of the people will be new, and we need to ensure that they are aware that, contrary to the misinformation in press releases, that Canadians (including Canadian creators) are not behind the extreme views of the Canadian branch plants of foreign intermediaries like CIRA and CAAST.

When speaking to candidates in the election you should show them the petition, and ask whether they support it and/or would be willing to table signatures in parliament if they are elected.

Online file-swapping seen as election issue

The following is a letter to the editor in reply to a few copies of a CP article: Edmonton Sun, London Free Press, CNews, CTV

Related letters were sent to the National Post, Toronto Star, CFRA, Variety, TMCNet, Reuters

First Government response to a batch of Petition signatures

I received scanned images (Page 1, Page 2 in JPEG format, both pages and text in OpenDocument format) from the Legislative Assistant to David McGuinty. After meeting with Mr McGuinty he asked the Private Members office if any response was received. The response is dated June 6, but the current assistant was not with the office at that time and can not comment on whether the office was notified at that time.

I will write my own response to this "response", which seems to have largely ignored our petition.

702 petition signatures accepted to be tabled by members of parliament.

Two packages of signatures for the Petition for Users Rights are now on their way to being tabled. 502 signatures dropped off at Edmonton--Leguc MP James Rajotte's parliamentary office, and 200 signatures dropped off at Timmins--James Bay MP Charlie Angus' parliamentary office. These signatures are brought to the Private Members' Business Office to be verified before they are tabled in the house (This process takes around a month).

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