Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU)

Industry Committee to do study into Canadian science and technology.

The Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU) has announced that it will do a study on Canadian science and technology.

The Committee welcomes briefs on the themes which are connected to many of the issues that interest us:

  • Science advice to government;
  • Commercialization, venture capital and intellectual property;
  • Federally funded research performed in government and higher education; and
  • Big science” projects and Canada’s position in global science and technology.

We need to make submissions on Peer Production (The Wealth of Networks), Open Access (And government mandates for open access of publicly funded research, as is done by our major trading partners), DRM/Net Neutrality (Protecting the two underlying innovations that brought us "new media" and enables the "new economy"), Civic Access (and questioning Crown Copyright), etc.

Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage demands copyright bill

The members of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage have tabled a report where they make the following statement:

The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage recommends that the Government Bill entitled “An Act to amend the Copyright Act” for which notice was given on December 7th 2007, once introduced and read a first time, be referred to a Special Joint Committee made up of members or associate members of the Standing Committee of Canadian Heritage and of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology before second reading.

Meeting with Dr. Colin Carrie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry

I met this morning with Dr. Colin Carrie (Oshawa), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry. We had a conversation for a little over a half hour, and then he was scheduled to be preparing for question period. He was very interested in what was being discussed, and said that he wanted to meet with me again in the future.

Government response to "Counterfeiting and Piracy are Theft"

The government has provided a response to the controversially named report "Counterfeiting and Piracy are Theft" from Industry Committee.

Thirdly, the Government, led by the Minister of Industry and the Minister of Canadian Heritage, is working towards bringing Canada's copyright regime into conformity with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Internet Treaties. We call on all parties to support the Government’s efforts in this regard so as to ensure the protection of the rights of creators and the ability of all Canadians to use and enjoy copyrighted material in a fair, clear and predictable environment.

Meeting with James Rajotte (Conservative, Edmonton - Leduc), chair of Industry Committee.

I met this morning for about 70 minutes with James Rajotte. He initially indicated we had about 20 minutes, but I suspect the conversation was considered interesting enough that he decided to extend the time. We met the first time in the context of my intervention at Industry Committee in 2004 to discuss a bill about satelite television and competition.

Toronto Star: Dangerous fake goods crossing border (Only listen to Britney Spears on "Authorized" hardware!)

A Toronto Star article by Iain Marlow talks about the "Counterfeiting" problem in Canada, including the following:

A parliamentary committee reported on June 20 to the House of Commons on how Canada could improve its dismal performance at the border. Among the committee's recommendations: government should make the importation and distribution of counterfeits a criminal offence; parliament should provide the CBSA with a clear mandate to target counterfeits; and that Health Canada needs more resources to investigate unsafe food and drug imports.

James Rajotte, the Conservative MP who chaired the committee, said it's not just about intellectual property rights, but about health and safety. "CBSA is doing the best job that they can, but they need to have the mandate to target counterfeits," Rajotte told the Star.

If this wasn't about intellectual property rights, then why was WIPO treaty ratification (Entirely about protecting the outdated business models of the content industry) includes as a recommendation in their report? I think someone is trying to use the "sharing music kills babies" style of political rhetoric to scare politicians into passing laws that will circumvent the property and other rights of Canadians.

Counterfeiting and Piracy are theft (NOT!)

As parliament was being recessed for the summer, James Rajotte stood up as the Chair of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology to table their latest report very embarrassingly titled Counterfeiting and Piracy are theft. See Michael Geist's article Industry Committee Demands a Canadian DMCA.

While I am obviously going to send a copy of my article Jefferson Debate: A Godwin's law for copyright discussions to each member, we clearly have a lot of work ahead of us to educate members of parliament on the basics of these issues. If you are in (or live near) the riding of any of these MPs, please make sure you set up a meeting in their constituency office this summer!

Industry Committee study: Counterfeiting and Piracy of Intellectual Property

While I don't have the time availability at the moment to compose a formal submission to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU) for their study on Counterfeiting and Piracy of Intellectual Property, I did submit the following as an email to the Clerk of the Committee. I asked him to forward to committee members.

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