Archive for June 18th, 2010

Copyright Lobby Astroturf Site Adds Mandatory, Uneditable Letter to MPs

The copyright lobby's BalancedCopyrightforCanada.ca astroturfing site has added a new mandatory requirement for all users that want to participate in the Take Action items. According to a site user, the site now requires users to send a form letter to their relevant Member of Parliament.  There are two letter options – one letter for entertainment industry employees and one general letter. 

Surprisingly for a site claiming to support creativity and copyright, the letters do not provide users with the opportunity to even use their own words – the form letter cannot be edited.  This is particularly striking given the earlier criticism from some of the same groups on a CCER form letter service that offered users complete control over the substance of their letter and merely served as a delivery channel. Notably, the site has already been subject to gaming from non-Canadians as a random search of members turned up at least one U.S. based record company executive with Warner Music.

The site user reports that the site briefly offered a third form letter for consumers.  That letter has apparently been removed, perhaps because it adopted positions expressly opposed by Canadian creator groups.  While the site purports to protect creator rights, the letter supported format shifting without levies (opposed by groups such as ACTRA) and educational reforms to fair dealing (opposed by writers groups).  The consumer letter included the following:

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June 18, 2010 796 comments News

Agenda For Round Nine of ACTA Talks Posted

The agenda for the ninth round of ACTA talks scheduled for Lucerne, Switzerland from June 28 – July 1st.  All the major issues – civil enforcement, criminal provisions, Internet issues, and border measures – are on the agenda.  The agenda includes two elements that suggest considerable progress has been made.  […]

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June 18, 2010 6 comments News

House of Commons Breaks for the Summer, No C-32 Committee Until Fall

With news that the House of Commons has taken a break for the summer, there will be no legislative committee examining Bill C-32 until the fall.

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June 18, 2010 3 comments Must Reads

Canadian Heritage Committee Releases Interim Digital Media Report

The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage has released an interim report on its Digital Media: Opportunities and Challenges study. I appeared before the committee in the spring.  The report simply reviews witness testimony without adopting any recommendations.

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