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The Copyright MPs

Industry Minister Jim Prentice has understandably been the focal point of the Canadian DMCA given that it is his bill and his call as to whether the government will proceed with anti-education, anti-consumer, and anti-business copyright legislation.  While every MP should be paying close attention to copyright – anecdotal evidence suggests that the majority of MPs from all parties have heard from constituents about the issue – there is a subset that should be particularly concerned. 

The Copyright MPs are a group of 27 MPs (nine percent of all MPs) who share two key attributes – they won their riding by 10 percent or less in the last election and their riding is home to a university.  The combination is important since it is these MPs – not the very safe Jim Prentice – who will face the consequences of the Prentice bill that will harm a generation well versed in digital technologies, social networks, and the Internet.  In some ridings, less than 1,000 votes – roughly the size of some large first year courses – is needed to swing the entire riding.  In all, there are 10 Conservatives, 11 Liberals, 4 NDP, and 2 Bloc.  Who are the Copyright MPs?

The ten Conservative Copyright MPs who will be on the hotseat are:

MP Riding University Winning Percentage Runner Up Party
Rahim Jaffer (C) Edmonton-Strathcona U of Alberta 9.2 percent NDP
Dean Del Mastro (C) Peterborough Trent 3.6 percent Liberal
James Lunney (C) Nanaimo-Alberni Malaspina 9.1 percent NDP
Rod Bruinooge (C) Winnipeg South U of Manitoba 0.2 percent Liberal
David Sweet (C) Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough McMaster 4.6 percent Liberal
Norman Doyle (C) St. John's East Memorial 10.5 percent Liberal
Peter MacKay (C) Central Nova St. FX 7.8 percent NDP
Colin Carrie (C) Oshawa UOIT 5.2 percent NDP
Betty Hinton (C) Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo Thompson Rivers 8.5 percent NDP
Joe Comuzzi (L) Thunder Bay-Superior North Lakehead 1.0 percent NDP

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January 23, 2008 Comments are Disabled Stop CDMCA

CAUT on Copyright Reform

The Canadian Association of University Teachers have posted their principles on copyright reform.  Their letter identifies precisely the key issues for education and in the process positions the CAUT as the leading education group promoting for balanced copyright reform.

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December 14, 2007 1 comment Must Reads

CAUT on Copyright Reform

The Canadian Association of University Teachers have posted their principles on copyright reform.  Their letter identifies precisely the key issues for education and in the process positions the CAUT as the leading education group promoting for balanced copyright reform.

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December 14, 2007 Comments are Disabled Stop CDMCA

Prentice To Oppose Canadian Universities

The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada has issued its position paper on copyright reform.  If the bill coming next week is as expected, Industry Minister Jim Prentice will be issuing a major rejection of the concerns of Canada's higher education community.  The AUCC has listed four recommendations – […]

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December 5, 2007 2 comments News

CRIA To Promote Copyright “Education” Plan

CNET is reporting that Canada is in for another attempt to "educate" children about copyright.  Despite the fact that both Captain Copyright and Fair-Share were recently shelved, CRIA is apparently anxious to work with provincial governments to develop copyright curriculum.  Moreover, CRIA's Graham Henderson plans to target parents with messages […]

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October 2, 2007 11 comments Must Reads