CIPPIC 2004 election questions

During the 2004 federal election CIPPIC had a series of questions for parties and candidates.

CIPPIC replies: Russell McOrmond (Webmaster for

I was not a candidate in the previous election, but I believe it would be useful for people actively involved in technology law issues to offer their own thoughts on the questions for parties and candidates from the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC).

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 .

CIPPIC replies: New Democratic Party

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

;:The NDP supports 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.

;: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.

CIPPIC replies: Bloc Québécois

;:Envoi par courriel
;:Le 16 juin 2004

;:Madame Philippa Lawson
;:Directrice générale
;:Clinique d'intérêt public et de politique d'internet au Canada
;:Faculté de droit
;:Université d'Ottawa
;:Ottawa (Ontario)
;:K1N 6N5


;:Nous avons bien reçu votre lettre ainsi que la liste des différentes questions envoyées dans le cadre de la présente campagne électorale.

;:C'est avec plaisir que nous répondons à vos interrogations qui, nous l'espérons, vous permettront d'apprécier les orientations politiques du Bloc Québécois.


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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?

CIPPIC replies: Green Party of Canada

The replies from the Green Party of Canada were posted to their website.

The following is just a local copy, formatted the same as done for other replies.

CIPPIC replies: Liberal party of Canada


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June 4, 2004

Ms. Philippa Lawson

Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC)

University of Ottawa

Dear Ms. Lawson,

Enclosed, please find the Liberal Party’s response to your questionnaire.

On behalf of our leader, the Right Honourable Paul Martin, thank you for writing to identify the major concerns of your membership. Your interest in the policies of the Liberal Party as they relate to these issues is appreciated.

Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) questions

Find out what positions federal parties and candidates take on some controversial issues involving the Internet and new technologies. CIPPIC's "Election 2004" webpage provides background on seven questions we are asking each party, and will include the parties' responses once we receive them. Get involved yourself - ask the candidates in your riding about their views on these or other related issues!

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