The C-61 in 61 Seconds YouTube Video Competition

Tens of thousands of Canadians have spoken out against Bill C-61 over the past month.  In addition to the letters, MP meetings, and town halls, many have created mashups, videos, comics, posters, photos, and other creative art to express their disappointment and concern with Industry Minister Jim Prentice's plan for copyright in Canada.  To build on this creativity, the Fair Copyright for Canada group is launching a new YouTube video competition.  C-61 in 61 Seconds invites everyone to post a video – whether rant, mashup, or something new – on the copyright bill.

Full information at the C-61 in 61 Seconds channel, but the quick details are:

  • to post a video, visit the introductory video (embedded below) and post your video response
  • the competition closes on September 1st with the winners to be announced on September 15th (the day the MPs are scheduled to return to Ottawa)
  • a great group of judges, including Ontario Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian, Barenaked Ladies Steven Page, Galacticast's Rudy Jahchan, Open Source Cinema's Brett Gaylor, and Film Studies Association of Canada President Marc Furstenau will pick the best of the best
  • winners will receive some Fair Copyright for Canada schwag with special categories for the best video that is precisely 61 seconds as well as the best video by a Member of Parliament
  • the C-61 in 61 Seconds channel will feature some of the best videos on the main channel with updates all summer long.

The C-61 in 61 Seconds video competition offers a great chance to speak out on the Canadian DMCA and have a bit of fun – visit today!


  1. Anonymous says:

    Re: Judges
    “a great group of judges, including Ontario Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian, Barenaked Ladies Steven Page…”

    Assuming Steven Page isn’t otherwise indisposed: [ link ]

  2. Jon at Trent says:

    Steven Page
    Yeah…I think maybe Steven Page should withdraw from this until things have quieted down for him. I’m not saying he’s guilty but the negative media attention will focus on him and not on the actual cause.

  3. Steven Page, Eliot Spitzer
    I smell conspiracy to get rid of yet another voice who spoke against entertainment cartels. After all, remember what entertainment cartels did to Eliot Spitzer?

  4. They Indeed Have Gone Crazy
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    They Indeed Have Gone Crazy (feat. Josee Verner)

    by Canadian DMCA Unspun

    This clip shows how the new Copyright Bill C-61 threatens ordinary creators instead of protecting them. We are part of the new but very old culture, read-write culture. It’s a culture, where people participate, build and re-build on top of it. This form of culture has existed since the beginning of human society all the way through the present, except for one century – the twentieth. Now, the law is trying to exercise control over the participatory culture via digital locks and predatory legal actions. Starring: Josee Verner (Minister of Heritage, Conservative), Lawrence Lessig and a journalist at press conference. Based on “Places of my mind” by Antonio Ancora. Cover picture by CBC.