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    Copyright Pledge Continues to Grow With 30 More Liberal and NDP Supporters

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    Friday October 10, 2008
    With the election just a few days away, interest in the copyright pledge continues to grow with 30 more Liberal and NDP candidates on board.  This latest update includes prominent MPs such as the Liberal's Marlene Jennings and the NDP's Paul Dewer.  Earlier supporters can be found here, here, and here.  There are still no Conservative supporters.  The newest additions include:
    • Marlene Jennings, Liberal MP, NDG-Lachine, QC
    • Bonnie Brown, Liberal MP, Oakville, ON
    • Sue Barnes, Liberal MP, London West, ON
    • Bonnie Crombie, Liberal candidate, Mississauga Streetsville, ON
    • Greg Nyholt, Liberal candidate, Battlefords-Lloydminster, SK
    • Drew Adamick, Liberal candidate, Cariboo--Prince George, BC
    • Dan Olson, Liberal candidate, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Mission, BC
    • Nathalie Goguen, Liberal candidate, Sherbrooke, QC
    • Alexandra Mendes, Liberal candidate, Brossard – La Prarie, QC
    • David Remington, Liberal candidate, Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox, ON
    • Robert Friesen, Liberal candidate, Charleswood - St. James – Assiniboia, MB
    • Rebecca Finch, Liberal candidate, Dufferin-Caledon, ON
    • Alex Atamanenko, New Democrat MP, BC Southern Interior, BC
    • Paul Dewer, New Democrat MP, Ottawa Centre, ON
    • Chris Charlton, New Democrat MP, Hamilton Mountain, ON
    • Fred Kress, New Democrat candidate, Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre, SK
    • Sania Khan, New Democrat candidate, Scarborough–Guildwood, ON
    • David Laird, New Democrat candidate, Burlington, ON
    • Mike Bocking, New Democrat candidate, Pitt Meadows–Maple Ridge–Mission, BC
    • Don Davies, New Democrat candidate, Vancouver Kingsway, BC
    • Marlene Rivier, New Democrat candidate, Ottawa West-Nepean, ON
    • Megan Leslie, New Democrat candidate, Halifax, NS
    • John Bouché, New Democrat candidate, Brandon-Souris, MB
    • Mark Sandilands, New Democrat candidate, Lethbridge, AB
    • Patricia Cordner, New Democrat candidate, Selkirk-Interlake, MB
    • Matt Schaubroeck, New Democrat candidate, Saint Boniface, MB
    • Katy Austin, New Democrat candidate, Simcoe Grey, ON
    • Jack Harris, New Democrat candidate, St. John's East, NF
    • Betty Bekkering, New Democrat candidate, Prince George - Peace River, BC
    • Jesse Travis, New Democrat candidate, Fredericton, NB
    A complete list will be posted on the weekend.
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    Conservatives Promise to Re-Introduce Canadian DMCA

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    Tuesday October 07, 2008

    The Conservative Party has released its platform and it devotes a half-page to copyright that leaves little doubt that it plans to bring back Bill C-61 and continue to support ACTA.  According to the platform:

    A re-elected Conservative Government led by Stephen Harper will reintroduce federal copyright legislation that strikes the appropriate balance among the rights of musicians, artists, programmers and other creators and brings Canada's intellectual property protection in line with that of other industrialized countries, but also protects consumers who want to access copyright works for their personal use.  We will also introduce tougher laws on counterfeiting and piracy and give our customs and law enforcement services the resources to enforce them.  This will protect consumers from phoney and sometimes dangerous products that are passed off as reliable brand-name goods.

    Of course, Bill C-61 did not strike the appropriate balance and tens of thousands of Canadians told Harper just that over the summer.  Unlike the Liberals, NDP, and Greens, no Conservative has supported the copyright pledge, which now makes sense given this platform commitment.

    Update: CBC covers the Conservative platform inclusion of reintroducing C-61. 

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    Fair Copyright for Canada Vancouver Chapter Holds C-61 Funeral

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    Monday October 06, 2008
    The Vancouver Province reports on mock-funeral for C-61 staged by the Fair Copyright for Canada, Vancouver chapter over the weekend.
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    Privacy Commissioner of Canada on C-61

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    Thursday October 02, 2008
    The Privacy Commissioner of Canada has released a letter she wrote in response in concerns about Bill C-61.  Commissioner Stoddart expresses clear concern about the anti-circumvention provisions, noting that:

    the amendments would allow companies to use digital rights management (DRM) software on media sold to Canadian consumers.  These tools have been used in the past to collect personal information without users' knowledge or consent.  DRM software has also been shown to create other security problems.  These practices largely ignore the principles found in Canada’s private-sector privacy legislation, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.  As a result, I have asked the Ministers who oversee the copyright file to consider the privacy implications of any new law.
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