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Friday snippets: Conservative “cut and run”, copyright stuff and Conservative war room hijinks.

– Does everyone remember the Conservatives more or less accusing Dion and the Liberals of aiding and abetting the Taliban for being insistent on a firm pullout date for Afghanistan? (A little link for you if you don’t). Now that Harper has come around to agree with Dion and the Liberals position on Afghanistan, I’m waiting to see if all those Conservative bloggers who took up the cries of their Conservative politicians and said the Liberals were “cutting and running” will now issue the same condemnation of Harper. Send them in to me if you find any criticisms of their beloved strong leader. It appears even some Conservative strategists are […]

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Audio Podcast: Panel Discussion on Copyright and Bill C-61

Devin Johnston of the blog devinjohnston.ca had a podcast on Saturday afternoon to discuss the concerns some of us have with Bill C-61, the proposed bill to update copyright legislation in Canada. The group included myself, Mike Park of Rational Reasons, John Klein, who runs Abandoned Stuff by Saskboy, and a special guest, Dr. Sam Trosow, Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario, jointly appointed to the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Information and Media Studies,

We talked about our concerns of the impact of the Conservative government’s proposed Copyright legislation on creators and consumers of digital media. Devin’s blog has the podcast.

I’ll mention […]

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Conservatives proposed copyright law making news even in rural newspapers

I noticed this article over at the Law is Cool blog today about how the Conservatives proposed new copyright law, known as Bill C-61, is rallying Canadians in unprecedented numbers (now over 87 000 members at the Fair Copyright For Canada Facebook group) to oppose this legislation.

I believe this is reinforced by the fact that the local paper around here, The Tillsonburg News, ran a front-page story today talking about the proposed legislation and informing the area about a public meeting that would be held to tallk about it:

..this week, thanks to Tillsonburg’s Linux Users Group (tillug), anyone interested can learn more about this important issue. Sam Trosow, […]

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Fair Copyright for Canada’s Facebook group continues to grow in numbers.

Now over 63 000 members as of this blogpost. 3000 more new members of the group in over 12 hours.

By the way, this is one of the things the Fair Copyright For Canada FB group is recommending its members do over the summer:

Take 30 minutes from your summer to meet directly with your MP. From late June through much of the summer, your MP will be back in your community attending local events and making themselves available to meet with constituents. Give them a call and ask for a meeting. Every MP in the country should return to Ottawa in the fall having heard from their constituents on […]

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Your Fair Copyright for Canada Facebook membership update.

Susan Delacourt of the Toronto Star was blogging a few days ago that she’d be interested to see how the grassroots reacted to the Conservatives new Copyright reform legislation, and she did a mention of how the Fair Copyright For Canada Facebook group had amassed large numbers of members, merely on rumours of the proposed legislation.

I think it’s safe to say it’s going over like a lead balloon. The group is now up to close to 57 000 members as of this blogposting. Another 6000 new members since my blogpost about it yesterday, for a grand total of 9000 new members joining over the weekend.. and 16 000 new […]

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People aren’t liking the looks of Bill C-61’s proposed copyright reforms apparently.

There’s a story at the CBC’s website about how the Fair Copyright For Canada Facebook group has had its membership surge since the introduction of Bill C-61, the Conservatives and Jim Prentice’s proposed Copyright Reform legislation. As of 6:20 pm last evening when the story was posted at the CBC’s website, membership had gone from 41 000 at the start of the week to 48 000 last evening. It’s gone up even further this morning: as of this blogposting, the group stands currently at 51, 316 51 423 members – another 3000 members joining the group in little over 15 hrs since that story was published, and 10 000 new […]

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Is Bill C-61 the right copyright law for Canada?

I’d say the answer is no:

Under the Prentice bill, transferring music from a copy-protected CD to an iPod could violate the law. So, too, could efforts to play a region-coded DVD from a non-Canadian region or attempts by students to copy-and-paste content from some electronic books…The need to read the fine print does not end there – a new statutory damage award of $500 for personal-use infringement applies to music downloading that many believe is legal, while it does not cover uploading files onto peer-to-peer networks or even posting videos to YouTube…their self-described “made in Canada” solution actually looks an awful lot like the much-criticized U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright […]

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