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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 .

Online media coverage of election website

Stories about our site have been published by a few popular online media: [LinuxToday |], [LISnews |], [NewsForge |], and [SlashDot |].

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

Want to help promote better copyright reform? Fight copyright infringement!

One of the ways that lobbiests have been able to take control over copyright reform is by claiming massive amounts of copyright infringement by private citizens. Given this, I strongly believe that those who do not want to see draconian measures passed by governments should "clean up house" and not be part of those statistics.

Web users to gain Creative Commons access to the BBC

By Graeme Wearden, ZDNet UK

The BBC has given a major boost to the Creative Commons movement this week by revealing how it plans to open up its archive of broadcasting material to UK Internet users.

I wonder when (or if) the CBC will come on board and change their current [copyright policy |]

CSMonitor: Our dangerous distance between the private and the commons

Not surprisingly, there are increasing efforts to restore balance. The environmental movement is evidence of this, as is the resistance to ads on bases at baseball games, to cellphone noise in public places, to privatizing water, and to the patenting of life. Linux, the computer operating system developed entirely through a commons on the World Wide Web, bespeaks a desire to reclaim the free open spaces of the mind, without either governmental restriction or private claim.

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