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Conservative Policy Convention To Include Copyright Proposals

The Conservative party holds a policy convention next week and documents posted by National Newswatch reveals that there are a several minor proposed changes to the party's position on copyright.  First, there is a proposal to extend support for private copying of sound recordings to video as well.  The new provision would read that "the Conservative Party believes that the objectives of copyright legislation should be (i)(d) to continue to allow an individual to make copies of recordings of musical works and video for that person’s personal and individual use." Second, another reform reaffirms support for the elimination of the private copying levy with "the Conservative Party supports the elimination of the levy on blank recording materials."  Third, "the Conservative Party believes that government should give consideration to educational public policy goals within the copyright  framework and work with industry to increase awareness and develop a public education campaign to better inform users and creators on the copyright laws in Canada." The key changes would be the two private copying proposals since together they foreshadow a policy position that broadens fair dealing for private copying of audio and video (ie. time shifting and format shifting) without further compensation through a private copying levy.

17 Comments

  1. incase you were wondering what Obama and Biden have in mind
    read between the lines

    “Protect American Intellectual Property Abroad: The Motion Picture Association of America estimates that in 2005, more than nine of every 10 DVDs sold in China were illegal copies. The U.S. Trade Representative said 80 percent of all counterfeit products seized at U.S. borders still come from China. Barack Obama and Joe Biden will work to ensure intellectual property is protected in foreign markets, and promote greater cooperation on international standards that allow our technologies to compete everywhere.”

    So they are listening to Biden’s buddies already.
    Slating China whom they owe trillions they never will pay back and wonder why they might pirate.

    http://change.gov/agenda/technology/

  2. When they drop anti circumvention…
    and still ill get a $20000 fine for copyrighted material
    that violates the anti circumvention section (whether you do for personal or not), watch and see as the section 12 charter violations start to fly and the fact that this is well documented means ima gonna sue HARPER because he is being stupid.

    Differance between dumb and stupid? Stupid knows better, and you can’t plead ignorance under the law.

    Also the private copying levy is the only thing holding back hollywood lawsuits, remove that and watch the bullcrap fly.

    Mark my words this will get very ugly fast. And Harper will now know why layton made the rounds south of the border and gained what almost 40% more seats.
    And to Mr. Layton next time harper calls you a communist say this “At least i don’t cow toe with so called republicans that borrow trillions off them!”

    Harper might not be smart enough to realize he’s just been insulted to the tune that BUSH is now also GONE, and so is the republican power in the USA. Biden is the last vestige of hollywood left and it shows the complete corruption of Obama’s movement. If Obama really wants to show strength abolish the foreign pressure immediately and tell the BSA, MPAA, RIAA to bugger off. If he doesn’t he can take 4 years and that’s it forever for the republican party.

    Watch Harper try this crap and watch how ready people are this time around.

  3. edit note : change above 1st line:
    copyrighted to NON-Copyrighted ( 1958 or before )

  4. For those without the pdf to html firefox plugin
    RESOLUTION P-15

    35. Copyright Legislation
    i) The Conservative Party believes that the objectives of copyright legislation should be:
    a) to create opportunities for Canadian creators to enjoy the fruits of their labour to the greatest possible extent;
    b) to ensure that the rights of Canadian creators are adequately protected by law;
    c) that these rights are balanced with the opportunity for the public to use copyrighted works for teaching, researching
    and lifelong learning;
    d) to continue to allow an individual to make copies of sound recordings of musical works for that person’s personal
    and individual use; and
    e) that enforcement is applied fairly and in accordance with international standards.
    ii) The Conservative Party believes that reasonable access to copyright works is a critical necessity for learning and
    teaching for Canadian students and teachers, and that access to copyrighted materials enriches life long learning
    and is an essential component of an innovative economy.
    iii) A Conservative Government will give consideration to educational public policy goals within the copyright
    framework. A Conservative Government will work with industry to increase awareness and develop a public
    education campaign to better inform users and creators on the copyright laws in Canada.
    iv) A Conservative Government will eliminate the levy on blank recording materials.

    ———————
    “a) to create opportunities for Canadian creators to enjoy the fruits of their labour to the greatest possible extent; ”

  5. HAHA so it will be life in prison fo rmultiple offences of copyright infringment
    RESOLUTION P-35

    79. Sentencing
    A Conservative Government will:
    i) institute mandatory minimum sentences for violent and repeat offenders;
    ii) require that sentences for multiple convictions be served consecutively;
    iii) eliminate statutory (automatic) release;
    iv) Reform the National Parole Board including increased input from the community and victims in National Parole
    Board decisions; and
    v) require applicants for parole to demonstrate to the National Parole Board that they have been rehabilitated.

    79 i) institute mandatory minimum sentences for violent and REPEAT OFFENDERS;
    ii) require that sentences for MULTIPLE CONVICTIONS be served consecutively;

    at 7 years maximum with average 3 years per the anti circumvention you get 10 songs , ten television episodes, ten games, ten movies and you will get 30 years MINIMUM with a maximum 60 years in prison.

    Welcome to Facists R US.

    (also i had commented on more sture in the previous thread but got cut off….)

  6. Why Didn’t the PCs Realize This “Policy” During the Election?
    Chicken shit PCs and Harper know damn well if this info was released during the election they might have had a real issue to discuss.

    It’s time for country-wide public meetings on copyright reform as Harper’s less than popular vote MINORITY suggests would be the correct approach!

  7. Re: goals of copyright
    Fascinating. Nothing at all about encouraging the creation of works. Nothing about users who aren’t using works for “teaching, researching and lifelong learning”. No recognition of the conflict between copyright and tangible property rights. And of course nothing about problems such as orphan works.

    Overall, a very dated policy (except for the parts that Prof Geist points out). And of course scrapping the levy was part of their policy before, it just somehow got forgotten when it came time to draft the actual bill, so we still live in a country where blank DVDs are cheaper than blank CDs.

  8. If we see any criminalization of the consumer as we did in C-61 (which I’m to beleive that a lot of the Canadian Media industry is against and didn’t like with C-61), those who are creating works better be prepaired for some extremely rough times a head. Best not to piss off your income base, when that income base already has a confidence problem and are buying less. Not a good economic approach, nor policy. Industry needs to be forced to adapt, not consumers.

  9. ” Industry needs to be forced to adapt, not consumers. ”
    DITTO

    Fair dealing should NEVER be underwritten

  10. oh and another link on Joe Biden form his own homepage.

    http://biden.senate.gov/press/press_releases/release/?id=872293B5-AD8B-441E-B88F-EA6BF27EFADF

    ya ought to read that and tell me that change is coming, ya right. See it when i believe it.

  11. 30 years??????
    “…you will get 30 years MINIMUM with a maximum 60 years in prison.”

    So, I kill someone and get maximum 25 years, copy discs and get minimum 30.

    I can see Chinatown’s DVD stores closing and “assassins-R-us” opening.

  12. OH but be rich and not do that time
    ya just pay 20grand and your good.
    then get sued by CRIA when they get the levy rmeoved.

    YES excellent great economic policy harper
    how you going to put 10-15 million of that can’t afford it into prison that long at 40000$ per person per year.
    I know we can get the mpaa/bsa/riaa(CRIA) to pay for it.

  13. Know Your Rights
    Notice of Understanding and Intent
    I as a free and sovereign human being refute any claim of corporate contract or rule by any maritime law by any governing body which do not fall under the laws of God and or which I have not agreed to. Any infringement of my rights will have a price of 1000 Canadian Dollars Per hour payable in Gold and or 10% of attackers worth. Anything outside of sending Notice of Understanding and Intent will be considered an attack.
    Since this is a public access website, read my many, I consider this as Full and Legal Notice.

    Translation:
    I just told them [whoever you want them to be] I do not fall under any of their laws of jurisdiction which they may or may not devise or try to force on me.
    I reserve the rights to do anything I want with the content I get, in whichever way I choose.
    The only thing they may do is give me notice according to common law and without infringing on my given and guaranteed rights as a human being and under the laws of God.
    This means I can buy, sell, download, copy, change, manipulate, share and have fun with anything I get. Get in whichever way I choose as long as I don’t break any of God’s laws and with wellbeing of another free human being.
    If they choose to contact me or harass me in any way they will be charged 1000 Canadian Dollars Per Hour payable in Gold and or 10% of their worth.

    Go visit thinkfree.ca and learn ūüėČ

  14. Upload is Not Download!!
    > Also the private copying levy is the only thing holding back hollywood lawsuits, remove that and watch the bullcrap fly.

    This is just a gargantuan flaw of logic. The entertainment cartels are attacking unsanctioned uploaders, or distributors. The private copying levy taxes downloaders and basically the general public at large who copy cartel-content or not.

    The design of the private copying levy is to grant Unenforcible private copying “rights” to the public for a tax collected on sales of blank media and devices.
    http://neil.eton.ca/copylevy.shtml
    The hilarious thing is we already have private copying rights, but people like you would have the cartels charge us for it.

    The lawsuits are for unsanctioned uploaders, uploaders who distribute cartel-content without the cartel-approved sticker.

    The private copying levy is another layer of the Collection Scam. It’s scamming you on rights you already have; and it’s scamming you again and again multiple times, such as stealing from you every time you make a personal copy/backup of legally obtained music onto a new blank media or device. For example, you buy a music CD and make 2 backups, one for car and one for home, while the original is safely stored unused; you shouldn’t have to pay this scam twice and every time you want to make a personal copy of your music.

    Nevertheless, you shouldn’t have to pay some (con) “artists” for the privilege of storing data onto blank media and devices, or storing your own music creations. My favourite musicians do not belong in these (con) “artist” groups, so I shouldn’t have to pay these (con) “artists” at the expense of my favourite artists who won’t see a penny from the taxing levy.

    In the end, all of the uploaders are getting sued, all who just want to make a copy of their data get scammed, and everybody else gets all rightous on the downloaders without realizing they (even politicians) are also downloaders.

    Get your Canadian music for Free right here:
    http://www.openbsd.org/lyrics.html
    Donations are aksed, but not required.

  15. re: tom
    If you think that’s bad then you’ll be glad to know: the corporation of canada makes millions off each of our names/accounts each yr
    this means millions off each person in your family as well, including kids and same for anyone who’s been registered at birth or thereafter with any gov agency. this is your money!
    so my question is: how do you get your money that you are entitled to?

  16. What is “personal and individual use?”
    I just received an email from my cellphone company in which I was informed that a ringtone constitutes a “public performance” and hence they can only allow DRM’d music purchased from a “legitimate” source, such as their store, to be used on my phone. This is ridiculous. If that is a public performance, then so is playing music in my car with the window rolled down. Perhaps the question of whether a ringtone is a personal and individual use is worth clarifying when the copyright law is reviewed.

  17. Soon Everything Will be FREE
    The laws don’t matter. Companies don’t matter. Graham Henderson AND Michael Geist don’t matter. We do what we want. You can’t stop us. You can’t find us. You can’t sue all of us. I will find Graham Henderson and Michael Geist and take their stuff. It’s all FREE. Everything is ALLOWED. I read the stuff on this page and now I understand. Laws are a joke. We can do whatever we want. This is the best day of my life.