Canada is having a fresh round of copyright consultations, face-to-face, and more importantly online e-consultation from July 20 to Sept 13, 2009. And all Canadians are welcomed to share their views and send thier inputs.
Since copyright affect all Canadians, did you know the old Bill C-61, if it had passed, would have made all Canadians who own a affordable/”cheap” Chinese-made DVD player a “copyright-criminal”? Since the Chinese-made DVD players can play DVDs from all regions, it “breaks” the DVDs’ digital locks and thus broke the law and making us all “copyright-criminals”!
Now, I am reposting the following message to members of the Facebook group “Fair Copyright for Canada – Calgary Chapter” and hope Canadians will take a few minutes to read and understand the issues and submit their concerns and views.
Dear Fair Copyright Calgary Chapter members,
This group has been quiet for the last few months but I’ve some good news to share.
Our long & hard fought copyright battles (protests and meeting with various MPs) since Dec 2007 have resulted in Canadians winning the rights to have the federal gov consult with us first before they try to update the existing copyright legislation.
With the clear and unacceptable defects in Bill C-61 are still fresh in our memories, it is extremely important for each of us to take a few moments to email our submissions. Yes, it is as easy as an email !
*** Online Consultation ***
The public and online consultation period is from July 20 to Sept 13, 2009.
The Copyright e-consultation site has instructions to submit your views and many useful resources (events archives, discussions, comments, and public submissions).
Prof. Michael Geist has created a specific site to share his insights specific to this consultation.
And Michael’s “short answer” on copyright.
*** Calgary Round Table on Copyright***
On July 21, 2009, Rob Tiessen (chair of the Canadian Library Association‘s Copyright Working Group) attended the Calgary Round Table and Rob has kindly shared with his meeting notes. Pls follow this link to read his notes.
*** Sharing our views about copyright ***
Yes, we won the rights to be heard. Now, lets speak out by sending in our email submissions.
So lets keep it up by redouble our effort to share our views and remind the government of the problems in the ill-conceived Bill C-61. Especially we now have two new ministers that are working on the copyright file, Minister Tony Clement (Industry) and Minster James Moore (Heritage), who seem to be willing to listen to Canadians.
Lets exercise our rights and “Speak Out On Copyright” by check out the above links, and send in your submission via email.
Fair Copyright for Canada (Calgary Chapter)