Online Rights Canada (ORC)

Hon. MP Bill Siksay on copyright legislation in Canada

Responding to an edited letter sent by me through Digital Copyright Canada's "Send a letter to your member of parliament" campaign, the Honourable MP Bill Siksay of Burnaby-Douglas has kindly sent me the following reply.

Dear Mr. Lee,

Thank you for your most recent letter about copyright legislation in Canada. As I have stated before, copyright is always a difficult balancing act between the fair use of the consumer and fair remuneration for artists. What has made the issue more difficult is the explosive growth of digital technologies in recent years.

ITBusiness: Play it again, Sarmite

In this ITBusiness article, Dave Webb asks us to "Guess which one of Thursday night's copyright parties I got invited to".

So when the Big Entertainment lobby sponsored a $250-a-plate fundraiser for Toronto’s industry-friendly Parkdale-High Park MP Sarmite "Sam" Bulte on the eve of a federal election – at uber-hip indie music hotspot The Drake Hotel, no less – the copyright progressives at Online Rights Canada had to respond in kind. And with a flawless sense of irony, they chose another room in the same building on the same night.

See also: Fading Ways Forum: Politics, CRIA buying politicians, and what we can do...

The Balanced Meal

Joey deVilla (aka: Accordion Guy) blogs about The Balanced Meal hosted by Online Rights Canada.

We each took turns introducing ourselves and found that we were all sorts of different people, from techies like myself, Ian Goldberg and Kat Hanna, to musicians such as Neil Leyton and Mike Farrell of The Pariahs (a guy who predates me at Crazy Go Nuts University), photographers, writers, students and people who just classified themselves as "ordinary citizens

Can't afford the Copyright Cartel's big banquet? Join Online Rights Canada for a Balanced Meal instead!

Public interest group Online Rights Canada is hosting a Balanced Meal event to coincide with the big-money/big-copyright/big-media lobbiests event for Sam Bulte.

If politicians take tens of thousands of dollars from the industries they regulate, are independent artists, educators, librarians and the general public really going to get a fair shake? So come out on Thursday, have a bite to eat, and find out how regular Canadians can get a seat at the copyright reform table.

Covered by: p2pnet

Globe: Canada gets new on-line watchdog

This Globe and Mail article by Jack Kapica includes:

"Canadians are realizing in ever-greater numbers that the on-line world offers tremendous opportunities for learning, communicating and innovating, but that those opportunities are at risk as a result of corporate practices, government policies and legal regimes that hinder on-line privacy and free speech," CIPPIC executive director Philippa Lawson said in a statement.

p2pnet: Online Rights Canada

p2pnet (People to People) published a story about the launch of Online Rights Canada.

ORC: New Year's Resolution: Learn About Copyright Reform

With the Canadian government on early holiday, last year's copyright reform legislation is officially dead. But it's going to be back in 2006, and all of its provisions will be up for debate. Online Rights Canada (ORC) has assembled a set of easy-to-use background materials on copyright reform that will get you up to speed.

Click here for the full archive.

New Canadian Voice in Digital Rights Issues: Online Rights Canada

(From an EFF.org press release)

December 09, 2005
New Canadian Voice in Digital Rights Issues

Online Rights Canada Launches with EFF, CIPPIC Support

Toronto - Online Rights Canada (ORC) launched in Canada Friday, giving Canadians a new voice in critical technology and information policy issues. The grassroots organization is jointly supported by the Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

"Canadians are realizing in ever-greater numbers that the online world offers tremendous opportunities for learning, communicating, and innovating, but that those opportunities are at risk as a result of corporate practices, government policies and legal regimes that hinder online privacy and free speech," said Philippa Lawson, Executive Director and General Counsel of CIPPIC. "Online Rights Canada provides a home on the Internet for grassroots activism on digital issues that are important to ordinary Canadians."

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