Supreme Court rules that ISPs don't have to pay music royalties

The court ruled 9-0 that companies providing wide access to the web are merely "intermediaries" who are not bound by federal copyright legislation.

ITBusiness.ca: Electoral candidates challenged on IT user rights

6/23/2004 5:00:00 PM - Public interest groups like PIAC asked five federal parties what they plan to do about spam, privacy and open source once in office. Four of them responded. Find out how technology issues stack up on the national agenda

by Fawzia Sheikh

[Read full article | http://www.itbusiness.ca/index.asp?theaction=61&sid=55943]

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 http://www.cippic.ca/whats-new .

Online media coverage of election website

Stories about our site have been published by a few popular online media: [LinuxToday | http://linuxtoday.com/infrastructure/2004061200526OSCYPB], [LISnews | http://www.lisnews.com/article.pl?sid=04/06/17/0542226], [NewsForge | http://newsvac.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=04/06/16/1340256], and [SlashDot | http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/06/12/231218].

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

Comment on the Schmeiser judgement by Brewster Kneen

PCT issues go far beyond what we see on the Internet. As a reminder to those of us in the cities of the importance to connect to rural and especially farmers, I wish to hilight this article.

[Comment by Brewster Kneen that will appear in the June issue of The Ram's Horn, #221 | http://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/fpl-fbv/2004-06/msg00008.html]

;:The courts opinion amounts to a huge insult to the many millions of farmers who have selected their seeds, nurtured their crops and selected their seeds every season in an unending cycle, not for maximum “efficiency” but for a wide variety of characteristics, conditions and uses – without a hint of ownership claims, patents or monopoly.

WorkShop: Towards a Green Party position on Intellectual Property

(This is a repost from the GPC website)

As part of the conference there will be a workshop on Intellectual Property. The idea is not to try to reach consensus on policy, but to start the conversation with greens. There are many diverse views on this topic, and a number of quite strong ideas of where the Greens should position themselves.

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