The CBC reports that it obtained documents under the Access to Information Act in which the government tries to justify statements from Public Safety Minister Vic Toews that Bill C-30, the online surveillance bill, would have assisted with the Luka Magnotta investigation. I appeared on CBC’s Power and Politics to challenge the claims. This interview is available on YouTube, but for better video quality, watch it on CBC’s website.
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The short response is that Sookman’s column – along with his clients – downplay the dramatic impact of their proposed amendments. Their proposed amendments to C-11 would radically alter the bill by constraining consumer provisions, heaping greater liability risk on Internet companies, and introducing website blocking and Internet termination to Canada. Several of these provisions are very similar in approach to SOPA in the U.S. and the comparison is both apt and accurate. Moreover, the column leaves the false impression that Bill C-11’s digital lock rules are standard when they are widely opposed by numerous stakeholders that Sookman would not dare to call anti-copyright.
There is much more to take issue with in the column and I’ve done so in paragraph-by-paragraph format below. Sookman’s column is posted in italics and my response immediately follows: