Green Party of Canada

Answers to copyright questions from candidates

I received a reply to my copyright questions from Scott Janzen, Green Party candidate :

Thank you for your interest in my campaign. Feel free to post my responses verbatim.

1. I believe that anyone who owns a computer should have complete control on which programs are installed on their machine and that all installed software should disclose any programs contained in the installation that may restrict or control the functions of the owner's computer.

2. Once any media is purchased, it is ridiculous to expect to control the way in which the media is enjoyed by the consumer. If you buy a DVD in Canada and travel to the UK, you should be able to enjoy your purchase in the UK. If you have purchased music over the years and wish to enjoy your investment on your new iPod, then you should not be restricted to do so. Any company that attempts to control its customers is doomed because we don't want to be told what to do, least of all by companies we pay to have the "priveledge" of using their product. The next "control" might be restriction of reading the newspaper in the bathroom. How far do we want to go with this?

Urgent Action for Real Debate: Deadline Monday 8 pm

There has been over 40,000 signatures for the online petition for Green Party of Canada leader Jim Harris to be included in the televised leaders' debates. The broadcasters are taking notice, but still have not reversed their decision.

They wish to push that number to over 50,000 people before the final televised debates start on Monday evening. Only 10,000 people submitted questions for the other party leaders in the first debates, so this would mean that five times more Canadians are asking for all five leaders to be in the debate.

Can you help us achieve that goal by asking friends, family, and colleagues to sign on too? Remember, this is not necessarily about supporting the Green Party of Canada, it’s about defending Canadian democracy!

Where's the Green Party of Canada?

Note: This is not an endorsement of a specific party, but support for the idea that national parties running a full slate of candidates should be in the national debates, regardless or especially if they didn't have seats in the last parliament!

Broadcast Consortium Threatens to Exclude Green Party from Leaders' Debate

Despite being a national party with widespread public support and a full slate of 308 candidates, the Green Party of Canada was excluded from the nationally televised leaders' debate in the 2004 election.

Now the broadcast consortium that controls the debate is trying to exclude Green Party of Canada leader Jim Harris again during the 2005/2006 election. This despite the fact that 4.3% of voters voted for the Green Party of Canada in 2004 and polls show that literally millions of Canadians say they would consider voting green in this election.

CIPPIC replies: Vancouver Quadra Green Party candidate

Received from Doug Warkentin:

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

No it shouldn't, but anyone who is making any money off of it (e.g. through selling advertizing on websites, etc.) should be required to pay substantial fees to the artists.

Technological Protection of Copyrighted Materials: What is your position on using legislation to prohibit circumvention of TPMs?

Response from David Chernushenko, Ottawa Centre, Green Party

1.`Do you believe that the Copyright Act should be seen as a careful balance between the rights of creators and the rights of the public?

;: __yes__

2. Do you believe that the rights of users of copyright material should be preserved in Canadian copyright law? (eg: fair dealing, public domain, home audio recording)

;: __yes__

3. Do you believe the "50 years after author's death" copyright term should be extended, shortened, or left at 50 years? If changed, what term is appropriate to reward creators?

;: __Not sure. Sounds about right to me.__

4. Do you believe that users and their representatives have a vital stake and should be consulted in changing copyright law?

Green Party: Broadcast Consortium censors political choices

The criteria for the leadership debate seems to be that the party had seats in the last parliament. Unlike the Bloc the Green Party will be running candidates in all 308 ridings, and yet the Bloc leader will be invited while the Green Party leader will not.

Press release ((Montréal - Thursday, May 27 2004): No to Green Party in debate - Broadcast Consortium censors political choices

Green Software: The Green Party and Free Software

Over the past few years I have been trying to bring ideas to the Green Party about information ecology. This includes discussions surrounding laws often referenced under the (very politically motivated) phrase "Intellectual Property".

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