Community: Canadian Election and FLOSS/Digital Copyright
Jun 12, 2004, 15:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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The Digital Copyright
Canada forum and the Canadian Internet Policy and
Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) are working to make Internet,
Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) and digital copyright
during the current election.
In 2001, with the help of the EFF, we were able to generate
approximately 650 of the 700 written replies that the government
received to their consultation. Our replies all opposed the DMCA
being brought into Canada.
Unfortunately Parliament is not listening to us, and recent
reports from parliamentary committees have directed government to
immediately ratify the WIPO treaties that were implimented as the
DMCA in the USA.
Rather than reacting, Canadians should be proactive and ensure
that their candidates know where they stand on these issues. Both
CIPPIC and the Digital Copyright Canada forum have questions for
Candidates which can help you find out where they stand.
If you are one of those 40% of Canadians that don't vote, please
consider protecting the Internet and FLOSS from bad government
policy to be an important reason to get involved.