Jim Prentice, putting consumers first...if first means selling out their interests and rights to a failing business model by enacting a poisoned retread of a failed legislative model. (Image swiped from CBC)
Alright kids. Yellow Jim Prentice has placed his top secret plan to undermine your rights as consumers of information, in its many forms, on the Notice Paper for next weeks session of Parliament. If you sit on your hands, you will have no right to bitch when you wake up to discover that your digital freedoms have been curtailed and that global conglomerates are snooping through your hard drives. You will not be entitled to complain that you can't back-up, copy or move media files that you own. You best not be moping that the cost of education has gone through the ceiling because fair use provisions of copyright law have been sold out to insure the perpetual monetization of Mickey fucking Mouse. Got it?
So here's the deal. Write to your elected representative. Let them know that the rights of Canadians come before the interests of SONY/BMG or Universal or any other monopolistic mega-corporation. Remind your Member of Parliament who they work for be nice, be firm but for fuck sakes get to it. The time is now. If it helps, the following is the text of a letter I just shipped off to the member from my riding:
Dear Ms Redman,
As a working member of ACTRA, SOCAN and SAC, I am deeply concerned with the impending damage about to be done to Canadian copyright law. At risk are fair use provisions, consumer rights and technology businesses and innovators. Canadian stake holders in the arts, education and general population have expressed growing worry over this retrograde move on the part of the government. We have been roundly ignored.
Federal Industry Minister Jim Prentice has put proposed copyright legislation on the Notice Paper for next weeks session of the Parliament. This bill has been created in the absence of consultation with Canadians and actual stake holders. Every indication points to a set of regulations that mimic the deeply flawed DMCA that has seen more than 20,000 anti-consumer lawsuits in the United States, bankrupting families and technology companies.
Mr. Prentice has avoided the legitimate questions of the Canadian public, he has most recently been invited to address the concerns of citizens through CBC's show, 'Search Engine'. The program received more than 250 questions for the minister, an impressive number considering the dry topic area of intellectual property. Mr. Prentice has refused to appear on the program, his office saying that they would give a statement explaining why. No such explanation has been forthcoming.
I implore you to speak out on our behalf. Mr. Prentice is supposed to represent our best interests. It appears he prefers the interests of offshore media conglomerates and cartels. There is a groundswell of action building against this legislation. Please help us to preserve fair use for future generations of Canadians. I look forward to your response and assistance.
Please feel free to adapt any parts of that letter that will make it easier for you to take action.
Here again are a few links you might like to check:
Canadian DMCA prepare to become a techno-peasant.
A decade long wait for reform if you don't act.
Canada's universities call for moderate reform, Prentice ignores them too.
This will cost you real money from your pocket, for digital goods and services and for hardware, software and media.
The cat who designed the DMCA admits it failed, Jim Prentice's decision, Let's copy it!
What are Canadians asking that Jim Prentice isn't interested in answering?
Dave at the Galloping Beaver is a smart cookie, follow his example: read, learn, act before it's too damn late
Want a bargain? How about pre-broken goods that are illegal to fix? Thanks Jim Prentice, sellout cock noggin!
If you are reading this, then you are online and digitally engaged and this is important to you too. If you do not protect your rights, you will have no rights to protect.