Bill C-59 / Camcording

In support of simple bills... (Pretexting --> Camcording?)

The following is a letter sent to Mr. James Rajotte, Chair of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU).

Dear Mr. Rajotte,

I notice that your private members bill, C-299, is now in front of the Senate and is likely to soon pass.

As you know there is a lot of talk about criminalizing camcording of movies in theaters. While I am among those who are highly skeptical of the claimed frequency and alleged harm, I believe that clearly criminalizing this activity in a way that didn't have harmful unintended consequences would be ideal. I look at C-299 as a model for this type of legislation.

Time to stop with the "blame Canada".

A BLOG post by Michael Geist hilights an article LA Times talking about a crack-down against incidents of camcording.

Not one Canadian incident is mentioned in the release (Healey traces a current Spiderman 3 camcord to Russia). Moreover, to the best of my knowledge, none of these countries (with the exception of the U.S.) have anti-camcording legislation.

See also: p2pnet

Montreal Gazette: Blame it on Canada

An article by Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette talks about the lobbying from the US government to pass anti-camcordering laws.

It's so easy to blame Canada. That's exactly what Hollywood did a few years back during the so-called "runaway production" boom when U.S. producers, enticed by our tax incentives and a low Canadian dollar, were heading our way to shoot movies more cheaply than they could in the States.

Canada cracks down on camcorders? Best to have a special bill on this...

There are so many articles about this issue pointing to made-up numbers about the amount of camcording that happens, how much of it is Canadian, and how much comes out of Montreal. To be honest, I like the idea of having a specialized bill to deal with this issue so that it can be separated from the larger set of copyright revision issues.

USTR 2007 Special 301 Report: accepting the good while rejecting the bad.

Often debates about Copyright, including recommendations from the United States Trade Representative in the Special 301 report and the 1996 WIPO anti-Internet treaties, are discussed in an all-or-nothing way. While ratification of the treaties would be an "all" situation and thus should be rejected (we have no obligation to ratify these treaties), that isn't to say that all clauses of these proposals should be rejected.

Canadians Three Times More Likely Than Americans To Buy Counterfeit Goods?

A press release by The Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network (CACN) reports about a POLLARA survey. While the press release could just as easily have alleged that Canadians are three times more likely than Americans to be honest on surveys, there is still something interesting to discuss.

Doctorow: Canada's about to have a copyright disaster

Canadian-born (Toronto) Science Fiction aruthor Cory Doctorow posted an article on BoingBoing talking about upcoming copyright revision.

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