Fiery and funny rhetoric in Canadian Parliament over the Canadian DMCA


Check out this clip of Canadian NDP MP Bill Siksay from Burnaby-Douglas, speaking in Parliament about the Canadian DMCA. Siskay also co-sponsored Charlie Angus' Net Neutrality Bill. It's great to have copyfighters like these in government -- gives me hope for Canada! Link (Thanks, Charlie!)

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  1. Hmm… where’s the response from a government MP? It’s great that Bill Siskay (my neighbouring riding’s MP) asked this very to-the-point question. But we should hear the government’s response in the clip too, even if it’s just more asinine rhetoric. Hearing both sides is democracy.

  2. @ geekman – No, hearing all sides is democracy. Hearing ‘both’ sides is the United States…

  3. I think this is great.

    People need to keep up the letter writing to their representatives (and local and national media doesn’t hurt), so their MPs know this concerns their constituents, too.

  4. I hope the opposition MPs keep up the pressure on this issue. I’ve written mine!

    Ironically, there is discussion that laws themselves are copyrighted

    (http://www.boingboing.net/2008/04/30/oregon-continues-to.html)

    – at which point the Canadian duplication of the U.S. copyright law might in itself spark a need to go through the courts as an infringement on the U.S. copyright law’s copyright!

  5. Jim Prentice just reminds me too much of Pres. Clark from Babylon 5 – there’s something sinister going on there. . . :)

    That said, I wish we had people in the U.S. House of Representatives that would show a spine on this issue. The fight between Angus and Prentice has been strong but always classy.

  6. I’m no big fan of the NDP but it’s nice to see my local MP agree with me on an issue of this importance.

  7. It would be good to hear the fair-use MPs in opposition to this bill playing up the major opposition from the large group of Canadian artists vocally opposing the corporate-driven copyright reform. Mentioning BNLs and all the other prominent Canadian media producers who are untied in opposition would really help their case, given that the reforms do nothing to help Canadian artists in remuneration or promoting Canadian content.

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