New Democratic Party

Richard Walsh-Bowers (Kitchener Centre, NDP)

January 15, 2006

RE: Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic Questionnaire

Attached please find the response of the New Democratic Party to your 2006 Election Survey. It is the policy of our party to respond to surveys on behalf of all New Democratic candidates.

Please note that our election platform has yet to be released. We invite you to consult our platform after it is released for more information on the issues you raise in your questionnaire.

Thank you for your interest in the views of the New Democratic Party on the critical issues facing Canadians.

We appreciate your efforts to help voters make an informed decision on voting day.

Olivia Chow (Trinity - Spadina, NDP)

Ms. Chow's campaign office sent a copy of the NDP response to CIPPIC.

Patrick O'Connor (Provencher, NDP)

I am Patrick O´Connor, the NDP candidate in Provencher Manitoba.

I am a self-employed computer consultant and developer and I share many of your concerns. The Minister and others in charge of copyright law should not be in conflict of interest by accepting funds from organizations with a vested interest in copyright law.

I am opposed to technical measures that claim to be used to protect copyright, but end up acting like SpyWare and other malware and even helping malware like the recent Sony system.

I would like to go into this in greater depth, but I do not have time to do so in the middle of the election.

Laurel Gibbons (Nepean - Carleton,NDP)

January 15th, 2006

Dear Mr. Russell McOrmond,

Thank you for your recent email concerning copyright laws, bill C-60 and my views on the impact in Canada regarding these important issues.

Copyright Information

New Democrats have traditionally expressed support for 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.

New Democrats have also expressed that 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.

Caroline Desrosiers (Ahuntsic, NDP)

Dear Mr. Mc Ormond,

Although, the NDP does not have an elaborate platform on copyright issues thus far, we have been consistent on conflict of interest and lobbyist issues. Our candidate does support that copyright issues should be under the Minister of Industry and not the Minister of Heritage. These issues are complex and I, with my executive committee, would be willing to meet with a representative of yours in order to discus these matters. This can be the basis of a future resolution that can be drafted by our riding and presented to the federal convention of the NDP which may help steer our party's policy on the issues which your organization is concerned with.

Dorothy Laxton (Scarborough Centre, NDP)

Dear Mr. McOrmond,

Thank you for bringing up such a relevant issuue. I only wish I had the time to fashion an appropriate response. While I am no expert on intellectual property and information technology laws, I have had, recent, occasion to study both subjects. I received my B.Comm in Business Management, with a Major in Accounting, and a Minor in Law last June.

Once the drive to the polls is finished, I will have the time (and unencumbered mental capacity) to give your inquiry the careful thought it merits.

Regards,
Dorothy Laxton
Scarborough Centre NDP

Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre, NDP)

Dear Russell,

New Democrats have traditionally expressed support for 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.

New Democrats have also expressed that 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.

Andrew Mason (Saskatoon - Humboldt, NDP)

Russell,

Thanks for bringing this issue to my attention. I was not really aware of these controversial aspects of Bill C-60, such as the legal protections proposed for Digital Rights Management technology. I am a strong supporter of maintaining a meaningful "fair use" exception to copyright protection, particularly for education and private study.

I am generally familiar with copyright, particularly as it relates to software and internet. I am a software author myself - I have a small company that does small database development and management. I also worked as a law student many years ago (1980) in an intellectual property law firm and I still practise trademark and copyright law. I can't comment in detail on your proposals but I will take a close look at your site.

All the best,
Andrew Mason

Keith Dinicol (Perth - Wellington, NDP)

Dear Mr. McOrmond,

Please find attached the NDP answers to your questionnaire.

Thank you for taking the time to send us your questions.

Sincerely,

Keith Dinicol
NDP Candidate, Perth-Wellington

Kevin Blake (Lambton - Kent - Middlesex, NDP) sent copy of NDP response

Kevin Blake (Lambton - Kent - Middlesex, NDP) sent copy of NDP response to CIPPIC.

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