Over a thousand Canadians ask the government to change direction on Copyright.

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On Thursday April 7, Peter Julian, the member of parliament for Burnaby--New Westminster, tabled the first 187 signatures of the Petition for Users' Rights. So far over a thousand Canadians have signed, and as more Canadians sign the petition we are lining up members of parliament willing to table them.

Peter Julian, the International Trade and Globalization, and Treasury Board critic for the New Democratic Party, is also the member of parliament for Chris Brand, the primary author and coordinator for the petition. Mr. Brand is a software developer in New Westminster, BC, and he used techniques similar to the collaborative development of Open Source software in the creation of the petition.

"The issue is important to me because I have two young children", explained Mr Brand. "I think it's important that they grow up with full access to our cultural works. I don't want them to live in a 'pay to read' society or one where we teach our children that sharing is wrong - as Heritage Minister Frulla suggested the other day".

The Canadian government has been working to amend copyright legislation in ways that will protect existing media companies from change. The more modern digital technologies cause change, the harsher the laws these companies are asking for. Digital technologies already offered an excessive ability to control access to content in ways that were not possible in the past.

Creativity and innovation always builds on the past, and the past always tries to control the creativity that builds on it. In order to protect future creativity and innovation we must limit this control.

"Petitioners want this house to maintain the balance between the rights of the public and the rights of the creators.", Mr. Julian said in the house. "They demand that the government not extend the term of copyright, and preserve all existing users' rights to ensure a vibrant public domain. The petitioners also call upon parliament to ensure that users are recognized as interested parties and are meaningfully consulted about any proposed changes to the copyright act".

Canadians who are signing the petition are from across the political spectrum, and from all sectors of the economy - including many authors, musicians and technology innovators.

It is expected that as more petition signatures are tabled in parliament that more Canadians will become aware of the harm of the proposed changes and add their names to this growing list.

The petition is online at http://www.digital-copyright.ca/petition.


Russell McOrmond, FLORA Community Consulting http://www.flora.ca (613) 733-5836 , Cell: (613) 262-1237

Chris Brand 604.521.0441 or chris_brand@ieee.org

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