Tweet-sized letters of protest over Canadian DMCA, ACTA

Michael Geist sez,
The Academicalism Blog has posted "tweet-sized" letters in response to the prospect of a Canadian DMCA and ACTA.

A slight variation on the Canadian DMCA would be: @mpjamesmoore: I oppose any IP bill that includes strong digital lock provisions, excludes flexible fair dealing, & ignores public consult.

The ACTA tweet: I oppose Canada's secretive and undemocratic participation in the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), and I also oppose ACTA itself.

Of course, James Moore is the Canadian Member of Parliament who keeps insisting that his Twitter use qualifies him with the technical skill to pass regulations that endanger the Internet.

Tweet-size letters against Canada's DMCA, ACTA


  1. DMCA and ACTA are spawned from Satan’s loins, but what are its opponents doing to distance themselves from people who illegitimately steal people’s intellectual labor? It doesn’t seem like the movement to oppose these bad laws is going to get anywhere while we’re lumped in with people who are essentially shoplifters.

    1. Although I have to say, it seems like the DMCA/ACTA laws themselves are doing a fine job of lumping all internet users in with the minority of people who steal work. I think that’s what makes them so awful, really.

  2. [Mayor Quimby Voice] Let nobody say I am not a bandwagon jumper-onner.


    @mpjamesmoore Good God man, what’s wrong with you? Murder the Free Internet for a false sense of security and some corporate welfare?

  3. The Canadian Government is poised to ignore the input of thousands of consumers who participated in recent public consultations on copyright and proceed with anti-consumer copyright legislation, a Canadian DMCA. Speak out now. Send a letter to your MP and the Prime Minister in less than 2min using this online letter wizard from the Canadian Coalition for Electronic RIghts.

    1. “The Canadian Government is poised to ignore the input of thousands of citizens who participated in recent public consultations on copyright…”

      I fixed that for ya (and otherwise completely agree).

  4. The Conservative government up here is completely ucked-fay. Essentially, they are trying to have it both ways: promoting a Canadian digital strategy that relies on innovation in the information industry to kick start the economy and compensate for diminishing natural resources sector, while at the same time criminalizing those things that create innovation, like, say, watching some tv on your favourite portable media device.

    Let’s be clear: ignorance of technology does not lead to technological innovation.

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