Yesterday, it sent out a “call to action” that urges emails be sent to local MPs plus all members of the Bill C-11 committee calling for additional fair dealing changes that overturns the Supreme Court of Canada’s CCH decision by establishing a new test to determine the scope of fair dealing.
While many of these demands are clearly far beyond “technical amendments” and should be ruled out of order, the last minute push must be met by Canadians who favour a balanced approach to copyright reform that retains the best of Bill C-11 and makes some modest changes to digital locks, the one remaining area of concern. Open Media has launched a Say No campaign that makes it easy to speak out.
My message to the MPs focuses on three simple principles:
1. No SOPA-style amendments. That means no website blocking, no warrantless disclosure of subscriber information, no expanded enabler provision, no unlimited statutory damages, no iPod tax, and no content takedowns.
2. Maintain the fair dealing balance found in C-11 by expanding the provision to include education, parody, and satire and relying on the Supreme Court’s six-factor test to ensure that the dealing is fair.
3. Amend the digital lock rules by following the Canadian Library Association’s recommended change linking circumvention to actual copyright infringement.
The message is going to my local MP, the Ministers and to Bill C-11 committee members:
The final committee stage starts Monday. Make sure the MPs hear your voice as they discuss amendments to the bill.