I'm still on paternity leave, but a couple of matters have come up that are too important to wait (important enough to blog while my daughter naps on my chest!). Here's one from Michael Geist:
The fight over the Canadian DMCA is heating up as the Industry Minister
Jim Prentice prepares to introduce one-sided, dangerous copyright
legislation despite thousands of letters and protests against the bill.
Nearly 40,000 people have joined the Fair Copyright for Canada Facebook
group to fight the bill, but lobby groups and the U.S. government are
responding with misleading opinion pieces and behind the scenes lobbying.
Copyfighting law prof Michael Geist takes apart a Microsoft editorial
that claims that the
Canada has no copyright law even after it received the largest award for
copyright infringement in Canadian history. Meanwhile, the Canadian
Recording Industry Association has been caught lobbying the Canada's
Ambassador to the United States in an effort to convince the U.S.
government to increase the pressure for a Canadian DMCA. If that weren't
bad enough, Prentice is about to overrule
the Canadian Foreign Minister who wants to have a debate on the WIPO
copyright treaties before the Canadian DMCA is introduced just like the
Conservative government promised in the last election.
Ready to fight back for your digital rights before it's too late? Check
out the list of Copyright MPs who are particularly
vulnerable on copyright, join the Facebook group, attend a talk this
week in Calgary with Prentice, and write to your
Member of Parliament and
Industry Minister Prentice.
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