Archive for June, 2008

Canadian Rights at Risk

June 12, 2008

Minister of Industry, Jim Prentice, is introducing a bill today on Canadian copyright legislation. This bill exercises harsh restrictions on downloading media, unlocking cellphones, time-shifting television shows, and copying music. It also invades the basic rights of Canadians by allowing private and corporate companies to attain private individual information from Internet Service Providers, and other services that can or have obtained information from their customers.

To read about this bill, click here, and here.

A similar Copyright Reform bill was attempted by Prentice in December of 2007, but he was forced to retreat from introducing the bill due to overwhelming opposition by the Canadian people. Jim Prentice has decided to ignore the Canadian Public today, and instead has caved into pressure from the U.S. to pass this bill, which is being nicknamed “The Canadian DMCA”. As we all know, the American Digital Millennium Copyright Act is a failed legislation, and violates human rights. Why should we Canadians follow in its footsteps?

Jim Prentice might ignore us, but the rest of our Government can not.

What can we do to demand a Fair Copyright policy in Canada?

Michael Geist, a leader in defending Canadians against the Canadian DMCA has a list of 30 things you can do.

Visit OnlineRights.ca to find out more about this bill, your rights as a Canadian, and what you can do to help.

Join the Facebook Group that helped stop Prentice from passing the bill in December, 2007.

Use this automated, pre-written letter to send an email to Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry; Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada; and Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage