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Canada's Music Lobby Buys Government Access 158

Posted by Zonk
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An anonymous reader writes "Copyfighting law professor Michael Geist, who previously uncovered financial links between recording industry lobbyists and Canada's Minister of Canadian Heritage Bev Oda (who is responsible for copyright policy), has now identified what big cash donations will get you. He reports that Oda met with the President of the Canadian Recording Industry Association on a monthly basis last year just as the government was preparing copyright reform legislation and Canadian artists were calling for an end to P2P lawsuits. Is it any wonder that Canadians seem likely to lose their fair use rights?"
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  • by tomstdenis (446163) <tomstdenis@@@gmail...com> on Thursday January 25, 2007 @01:00PM (#17753838) Homepage
    We copy all the best and worse that the US has to offer ... arrrgg ...

    Maybe we'll copy the "DRM is a bad idea" that the 'mericans are coming up with now.

    While we're at it maybe we could import some backbone and tell Quebec to get stuffed... :-)

    Tom
    • Re: (Score:1, Insightful)

      by wondersparrow (685210)
      Isn't it really too bad that DRM itself is not copyrighted to the point that nobody can share its implimentations or policies?
    • by delirium28 (641609) on Thursday January 25, 2007 @01:12PM (#17754078) Journal
      Screw that! I say we let Quebec seperate and then move to Quebec for our pirating needs. While they may be vocal, they are also pretty good at keeping rights alive.
      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward
        BTW, You're under arrest for violating Quebec's language laws. The police with be at your door in a few minutes to fart in your general direction.

        You should know better than advertising Quebec without making French more prominent than English.
      • If you suggest that Quebec would tolerate piracy, you have a low opinion of the people of Quebec. One of the main Quebec parties is predominantly conservative, and therefore opposed to fair use (without a financial transaction). If Quebec separated, they would support the interest of publishers over artists or music users.
        • Around here, if someones says that Quebec tolerates piracy, wouldn't that mean they have a high opinion of Quebec? Or did you mean to say that they have an ignorant view of Quebec?

          Anyway, what conservative Quebecois party are you talking about? The Bloc always seemed pretty liberal to me.
      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by Jonny_eh (765306)
        Quebec is terrible with rights. It is illegal in Quebec to put a sign outside your business in anything but the official language, French. Even if you live in a town where everyone speaks English, you HAVE to use French signs. If you want an English sign too, it's writing must be half the size of the French sign.

        You cannot get a job as a civil servant unless you speak French, even if it's a job where no French is required. It is very difficult, and sometimes impossible, to get government forms in any langua
        • by freeweed (309734)
          The Quebec government also has an "approved baby names" list - basically, you have to get PERMISSION from the government as to what you can legally name your own child.

          It goes on indeed.
        • by Curtman (556920)
          You cannot get a job as a civil servant unless you speak French, even if it's a job where no French is required.

          Isn't that true in all of Canada? It is here in Manitoba.
          • by quax (19371) on Thursday January 25, 2007 @03:53PM (#17757018)
            Frankly it should be. And no I am not a French speaker. I am German and currently live in Toronto. My French is unfortunately pretty poor but Canada is supposed to be a bilingual country. I am tired of all those English speakers who seem to think it is such a terrible burden to learn another language. Mastering another language greatly enriches your life - stop acting like babies. Grow up and get over it.

             
            • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

              by GNious (953874)
              I live in Belgium, though not Belgian myself. My French is unfortunately pretty poor but Belgium is supposed to be a trilingual country. I am tired of all those French speakers who seem to think it is such a terrible burden to learn another language. Mastering another language greatly enriches your life - stop acting linke babies. Grow up and get over it.

              /G
              • by quax (19371)
                Point well taken. Incidentelly all the Quebecoises I have met so far, including a 9 year old boy at our neighborhood playground, never had a problem to talk to me in English. Having been used to the French attitude to English this was is refreshing change to me.
            • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

              by Curtman (556920)

              Canada is supposed to be a bilingual country

              Most of it is. Except Quebec. There is only one official language there: French. They can pull these shenanigans because they did not sign our constitution.

              I am tired of all those English speakers who seem to think it is such a terrible burden to learn another language.

              It is. I live in Winnipeg, which is supposed to be the largest French speaking population outside of Quebec. I have never met anybody who spoke only French and no English in my life.

              • by quax (19371)
                Why should I bother with another language which I'll rarely ever be able to use, and have no desire to learn? I'd much rather learn ruby or python thank you very much.

                I'll take it you don't like to travel, nor do you think the tons of material available on the Web in French could contain anything of interest to you?

                I most confess your attitude just baffles me. Maybe you have to already be bilingual in order to understand how knowing a different language widens you perspective. There are certain things I c
                • by Curtman (556920)

                  I most confess your attitude just baffles me

                  Let me put it this way: Out of all the languages in the world to learn, why would I choose French? Who would I talk to?
                  • by quax (19371)
                    Well I guess you really don't venture much out of Manitoba? On my recent business trip to Montreal I was glad that my French was at least good enough to let the cap driver know where I wanted to go. He was obviously a recent immigrant from a francophone part of Africa and did not speak any English. I would have liked to be able to ask where he was from and carry a conversation with him alas my French is not up to that.
                    • by Curtman (556920)

                      On my recent business trip to Montreal I was glad that my French was at least good enough to let the cap driver know where I wanted to go.

                      French won't help me speak to the cab drivers in Edmonton, which would be more helpful to me. I'm not even sure what language that is.
        • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

          by Aidski (875851)
          Can you get a civil service job if you can't speak English in Alberta or Ontario or any English-speaking province? If you can't speak the official language of the province. You shouldn't be allowed to work in the civil service. Enough said.
        • by dubbreak (623656)
          Yeah, but you can buy beer at the corner store. As long as I can have easy access to beer and legal downloads I'm happy. I can telecommute to Canada or the US.
    • by neoform (551705)
      Meh, come next elections the liberals will be back in power, they're spineless and will cave under public pressure to get rid of any such drm laws..
      • by Anonymous Coward
        I recall the Liberals telling Bush NO (on both Iraq and missile "defence") repeatedly under great pressure from conservatives, with Stephen Harper even undermining our government and insulting Canadians [www.ctv.ca] over it. And surprise surprise, what was the first thing Harper did while in government? SURRENDER to the US over lumber, despite the fact that Canada won every decision, sending a BILLION canadian dollars to the US industry in order to pay them to end their illegal actions. Harper is the spineless Bush-a
      • by phrostie (121428)
        wasn't it a liberal that created the DMCA?

        yeah, i believe it was.
        • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

          by iminplaya (723125)
          A REAL liberal would never, ever do such a thing. And neither would a true conservative. Don't let mass media re-write the dictionary, or extremists define your language.
        • We have a Liberal Party of Canada up here.

          Not liberal as in "liberal/conservative".
        • by jZnat (793348) *
          No, it was the Democrats. Democrats are not liberal, they're conservative (but not as conservative as Republicans). Your typical conservative party (in other countries) is more liberal than even Democrats.
    • by Colin Smith (2679) on Thursday January 25, 2007 @01:39PM (#17754552)
      Don't feel too bad, this is a feature of all government. Where you give government powers over something, that power is inevitably abused [wikipedia.org]. The solution is to limit the responsibility of government. The more areas it becomes responsible for the more areas become corrupted.
       
    • by Miseph (979059)

      While we're at it maybe we could import some backbone and tell Quebec to get stuffed... :-)

      Please do. Quebecois are just like the asinine American stereotype of real French people... only worse... and not actually French. News flash Quebec: If you want to secede from Canada, you'll need to set up your own health care and money independent of the other provinces... I know you like using theirs, but you really can't once you stop paying taxes to Ottawa and they make it a felony to export any significant quantity of $CDN out of the country.

      As for the rest, please accept my sincerest apolog

      • by Curtman (556920)
        but you really can't once you stop paying taxes to Ottawa


        Once they stop paying taxes to Ottawa, then maybe Alberta will be off the hook for the $16.7 billion (about $2,178 per person) [fin.gc.ca] they pay those traitorous jackasses every year.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by GreyPoopon (411036)

      We copy all the best and worse that the US has to offer...

      Tom - please note that the following is not directed at you...

      Don't go dragging the US into this. This kind of crap goes on in every single government until the citizens of that government do something about it. If you live in a country where you think this doesn't happen, you are either naive or the government doesn't have resort to such tactics because they already have you by the balls. Most government leaders are in office for one of two re

      • Actually good point. Sorry I didn't mean to disparage the US there. It just seems quite a few of our bad ideas get media attention first in the US (may not specifically start there) like TSA regulations, DMCA ideas, etc...

        Although now that some industries in the US are taking a non-DRM stance I'd like to see Canada "copy" that :-)

        Tom
    • Now, when are we here in the States going to import poutine [wikipedia.org]? Mmm... delicious poutine...
      • Poutine is tasty but sick too. Only proper poutine is worth the calories and sodium, not that shit that "New York Fries" sells eegad that's craptastic.

        I wouldn't mind having proper deep dish pizza make it's way north though...

        Maybe some hot san diego ladies too ... :-)

        Tom
  • Don'tchaknow.
  • Welcome to the party, Canada. Once upon a time we Americans looked at you as a beacon of hope!
    • by udowish (804631)
      Nothing is written in stone yet... Since our last government (liberals) had such a HUGE public scandal something like this coming out with our new gov may well put the brakes on it totally!
    • by AutopsyReport (856852) on Thursday January 25, 2007 @01:09PM (#17754034)
      Our bacon is the way, the truth, and the life.
    • No we didn't.
    • Re: (Score:1, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Actually this isn't really new. For those that don't follow Canadian politics, the record industry has bought out the last 4 heritage ministers (the last three were Liberals). Nice to see they have reconciled with Bev Oda, because the they we financing her Liberal rival during the election ... when the Conservatives won, they dropped the Liberal like a stone and started bribing Oda instead. The Liberal Heritage ministers were even approaching the record industry looking for the bucks, rather than waiting f
  • duh (Score:5, Funny)

    by mastershake_phd (1050150) on Thursday January 25, 2007 @01:05PM (#17753952) Homepage
    Canada's Music Lobby Buys Government Access
     
    Thats what lobbys do. I say we ban lobbying all together. Who wants to help me lobby for that? Bring money.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      I know you're joking, but seriously, the only way to defeat the well-financed lobby groups is to bring votes. Governments can only be bought as long as that money translates into votes at election time. Shift your culture so people vote for what they believe in and not what they saw on TV and you've won. Change the rules so political parties can only accept donations from businesses that are on the same scale as what private citizens could realistically offer and you've won. But achieving either of these ch

      • Re:duh (Score:4, Informative)

        by dryeo (100693) on Thursday January 25, 2007 @01:29PM (#17754368)
        Actually in Canada it is illegal for businesses,trade unions etc to donate any money to political campaigns. Also individuals are limited to donating $1100. Unluckily this only came into effect on Jan 1,2007. See http://www.elections.ca/content.asp?section=gen&do cument=ec90557&dir=bkg&lang=e&textonly=false [elections.ca]
        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by IAmTheDave (746256)
          Man, you guys are idiots. Straight idiots. You know how much the presidential race is gonna cost this year? So I toss a couple of favors to Big Business... they've been like family these past few years. They rub my back, I rub theirs.

          I mean, come on. You know how many canucks are gonna have to pony up $1100 to raise what one donation from Exxon nets? Thousands and thousands. And then you've gotta answer to like thousands of people! One donation from Exxon, and I just answer to Exxon. It's good comm
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        Shift your culture so people vote for what they believe in and not what they saw on TV and you've won.

        People vote for what they believe in, problem is they believe what they see on TV.
      • by VWJedi (972839)

        Change the rules so political parties can only accept donations from businesses that are on the same scale as what private citizens could realistically offer and you've won.

        That's fine in principal, but how can you ensure that lobbying groups don't abuse that?

        Say that Lobbyist Group A gave 1,000 people $1,100 each if they would promise that they'd contribute $1,000 of that to Candidate X (and they could keep $100). How could you know which of the thousands of political contributions are from people b

  • This was inevitable. After all the crap that went on the last couple of years, it was bound to happen.

    Just recently I read a newspaper article stating that Canada is now on the watch list for movie piracy (up there with Russia and China.) The article stated approximately 50% of movies are cammed here, and that the movie industry will likely delay the releases of new films here.

    I'm not surprised at all.
    • Delay releases? Of the shitty movies they put out?

      I'd rather have more indy films than hollywood crap [which incidentally is filmed more and more in Canada anyways!].

      Frankly, if the movie looks half decent I'll spend the $10 to see it in the theater, and THEN make a copy once it's out on DVD. If the movie is just mildly entertaining [re: better than watching my facial hair grow] I'll just copy it from DVD.

      Lesson: make less shitty movies.

      Tom
      • by danomac (1032160)
        Tom: Same here.

        I don't go to theatres anyway. I don't download movies. I don't rent them. They just don't interest me to begin with.

        I can only think of one movie that's coming up this year that has my interest: Die Hard 4 (or whatever they call it.) That'll probably be the only movie I'll see this year.

        I hope that one isn't a waste of time.

        Still, I'm not surprised that this has happened. Canada is pretty lax on this topic. I'd like it to stay that way, but they'll be pressured into copyright "re
    • The article stated approximately 50% of movies are cammed here, and that the movie industry will likely delay the releases of new films here.

      Sounds like you get it more than the article poster. "Whining" and dining the heritage minister every month has been happening since Copps was the minister in the Liberal government, and we managed to avoid our own DMCA to this point. The current political environment has provided the opportunity for much more public input and consideration that the previous governme
    • by Jabrwock (985861)
      the movie industry will likely delay the releases of new films here

      Fine with me. I'm sure the movie industry counts me as a "lost sale", and blames it on piracy, or home theatres. Instead, I should be under the "only goes to see 1-2 movies per year because the rest are either not interesting to me, or outright suck"

      "You want me to fork out HOW much? This better be f*ing Oscar material, for that price..." (this applies to both theatre prices, and DVD prices)
    • by 1u3hr (530656)
      Just recently I read a newspaper article stating that Canada is now on the watch list for movie piracy (up there with Russia and China.) The article stated approximately 50% of movies are cammed here, and that the movie industry will likely delay the releases of new films here.

      Who really cares about "cammed" movies? Anyone who'd download a 700 MB file, of a blurry, shaky video with a tinny soundtrack obscured by laughing and cellophane rustling is welcome to it. Either they're desperate to see a film and

  • by Pxtl (151020) on Thursday January 25, 2007 @01:11PM (#17754056) Homepage
    I thought the Conservative party was supposed to bring an end to corruption and a new environment of accountability.

    OW! My political beliefs!
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Jabrwock (985861)
      I thought the Conservative party was supposed to bring an end to corruption and a new environment of accountability.

      But, but, they introduce an Accoutability Act and everything! It even has fancy paper! ;)

      I find it disenheartening that her response was "it was legal at the time". Shouldn't she be respecting the act NOW, since her government pushed it through? Respect the spririt of the law and all that? It reminded me of contractors who say "what? I did it to code" which basically means "I did the bar
      • It even has fancy paper! ;)
        That's from the fancy paper lobby group. Apparently they would like more acts to be written.
  • Don't worry (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Bullfish (858648) on Thursday January 25, 2007 @01:11PM (#17754064)
    The lobby is pissing money down a rat hole. The government is in a minority position and will likely fall in the next few months. Considering that the conservatives have steadily dropped in the polls, they are not likely to be around to put such legislation into effect.

    I imagine in the meantime, they have bigger fish to fry (like trying to survive), than to worry about a politically unpopular move to satisfy record company executives.
    • Exactly. I was modded -1 flamebait for saying that the Conservatives under Mr. Harper are corrupt, useless, and in this case, going against the general public.
      If this were to get into the general media, it would create I firestorm, I believe... As Canadians, we are all about our personal rights and freedoms, and if someone is shown to try and cut into those freedoms, he's in big trouble.
      All I hope for, is that it happens sooner than later, I can't take much more of Harper, Ambrose, Strahl, and the rest of
      • Not a Partisan Issue (Score:4, Informative)

        by Comboman (895500) on Thursday January 25, 2007 @02:28PM (#17755572)
        I was modded -1 flamebait for saying that the Conservatives under Mr. Harper are corrupt, useless, and in this case, going against the general public.

        They were correct for modding you flamebait for an anti-Conservative tirade. This is not a partisan issue. Bev Oda's predecessor in Paul Martin's Liberal government Sam Bulte [wikipedia.org] was just as guilty of accepting money from the music lobby. [michaelgeist.ca] The content industry will throw money at whoever they think can deliver copyright "reform", regardless of what party represent.

        • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

          by flight_master (867426)
          Indeed, the Liberals were also given money, and if the NDP were in power, the industry would try to give them money too. However, both the NDP and the Liberals listen to the public, to some extent. In case you didn't notice it, Harper does what he wants, when he wants, and how he wants.
    • by gwait (179005)
      Unfortunately this seems to be a non partisan mental gap in our politicians - the Liberals were just as off key when implementing new laws protecting the music companies - they gave us the blank disc fine (uh tax?) since we're all guilty of pirating music we should all pay up front. Ironically, they messed up by giving us the (debated) right to copy whatever we want in the meantime. My guess is that loophole was just sheer incompetence.. (Sheila "I'll quit if we don't repeal the GST" Copps gave us that loop
  • Ummm.... (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward
    A senior government figure met with the head of the industry she regulates? The horror! If getting our information from blogs is good enough for idiots like us, it should be good enough for our lawmakers.
  • by Imexius (967514) on Thursday January 25, 2007 @01:14PM (#17754104)
    If I remember correctly hadn't the Canadian Supreme court already decided that downloading music for personal use was within our rights? If that's the case then can't we rely on that case as a precedent to help render this presumed upcoming law void? http://www.cirpa.ca/Page.asp?PageID=122&ContentID= 824&SiteNodeID=66 [cirpa.ca]
    • by Jabrwock (985861) on Thursday January 25, 2007 @01:30PM (#17754384) Homepage
      The SCC ruled that, but they were basing their decision on the laws of the time (ie fair use and other relevant sections of the Copyright Act). If the government ammends the Copyright Act to remove or restrict fair use, there's not much the SC can do, since media consumption isn't a right mentioned in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms...

      If they neglect to remove fair use though, it would be a valid argument against such a law. I'm assuming a DMCA challenge would be easier in Canada, because of that. They can't deny you the tools to be able to exercise your right to fair use, afterall...
      • by Curtman (556920)

        The SCC ruled that, but they were basing their decision on the laws of the time (ie fair use and other relevant sections of the Copyright Act).

        It's already illegal [justice.gc.ca] to use P2P to download music. Unless you can rig your P2P client to do 0 upstream traffic and still actually be able to download something then you are distributing copyrighted material. The limitation section of the fair use clause specifically lists

        • distributing, whether or not for the purpose of trade
        • communicating to the public by tele
  • by shlinton (930512) on Thursday January 25, 2007 @01:14PM (#17754118)
    http://www.bevoda.ca/contact.htm [bevoda.ca] Contact Bev: Bowmanville Office: 68 King Street East Bowmanville, Ontario L1C 3X2 Phone: (905) 697-1699 Fax: (905) 697-1678 Ottawa Office: House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6 Phone: (613) 992-2792 Fax: (613) 992-2794 Email: Oda.B@parl.gc.ca From her own website....
  • by Rix (54095) on Thursday January 25, 2007 @01:14PM (#17754120)
    It's just a branch office of the American RIAA. The group that represents Canadian artists is the Canadian Music Creators Coalition [musiccreators.ca].
  • My letter to my MP (Score:5, Insightful)

    by saskboy (600063) on Thursday January 25, 2007 @01:26PM (#17754318) Homepage Journal
    http://www.abandonedstuff.com/2007/01/15/fairusefi re/ [abandonedstuff.com]

    It's important all Canadians write their MP and educate them about the CRIA shenanigans.
  • Bribery (Score:3, Interesting)

    by gsn (989808) on Thursday January 25, 2007 @01:33PM (#17754440)
    Theres a pretty big difference between lobbying and bribery. Lobbying isn't intrinsically bad - heck the ACLU does it as does the EFF among /. favourites. The trouble is lobbying is not very far removed from campaign donations. Industry gives politician money and then politician is very receptive to industry umbrella organization lobbying. The latter is for all intents and purposes bribery, especially given the copyright reform legislation. She has apparently been a broadcaster for the better part of her life. Can we say conflict of interest. Somebody should call them on it and accuse her of bribery - there are presumably laws against that sort of thing in Canada. The British probably left something like a public interest litigation around. And if Oda is a minister then accuse Harper of running a corrupt government. Even if it isn't successful the press is bad, and the embarrassment will force them to do something.

    Longer term I think there should be a declaration on who writes an actual bill not just who sponsors it, and politicians be forced to declare conflict of interest and remove themselves from any proceedings regarding such legislation or face censure - something I'm sure their opponents will enjoy using the next election.

    Of course the trouble with all this is that even if media industry looses this round, they'll just try again in a few years. So I still smile when I hear that the music industries sales are still falling despite the growth of online sales.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 25, 2007 @01:36PM (#17754496)
    For your information -- this same minister is in bed with CanWest Global (our largest news service) and even had one of their employees planning fundraisers for her. She is also the same minister along with Maxime Bernier that is responsible for Net Neutrality in Canada. If you're Canadian and want to help -- check out Charlie Angus's three-point-plan to ensure the ethical sobriety of the heritage minister. Mp3 here [charlieangus.net] If you want to help the Net Neutrality movement and are a Canadian you can sign the petition at neutrality.ca [neutrality.ca] These cabmins that take money from industries they oversee need to be held accountable for their actions.
  • My letter to my MP (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Ripley29 (644468) <<moc.oohay> <ta> <mlahcm>> on Thursday January 25, 2007 @02:40PM (#17755788)
    Dear Mr. Shipley,

    I am a constituent in your riding, and I am writing concerning an article from CBC.ca concerning fair-use rights in Canada (http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2007/01/11/cop yright-canada.html).

    Like many Canadians, I am a lawful citizen who loves both music and technology. I am a Computer Programmer by trade, and am also a musician; needless to say, I take both of these subjects quite seriously, and I am concerned when my enjoyment of either of these become threatened by law. You see, I listen to all of my purchased CDs on my home computer and my portable music player. The first thing I do when I buy a Compact Disc is to 'rip' it to my home computer, so I can catalog and listen to all of my music as digital music files, or MP3s. Under current Canadian law, 'fair-use rights' allow me to do this.

    If new legislation proposed by the Hon. Maxime Bernier and Heritage Minister Hon. Bev Oda is passed, my 'fair-use rights' will be taken away. I will considered a criminal in the eyes of the law if I choose to copy music in any way which I have purchased.

    The simple fact is that we, as Canadians, already pay a 'private copying levy' on all blank media to supplement lost revenues due to piracy; those of us who buy blank CD-ROM media, even if used to backup personal data, are already giving the Canadian Recording Industry money. The continued stong revenues from music Compact Discs, added to the success of Digital Download services such as iTunes prove that piracy is not hurting the Recording Industry as much as they would like us to believe.

    The problem is that taking away our fair-use rights, and enacting Digital Rights Management on musical Compact Discs would prevent copying of music for any purpose. The Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) would be given the ability to charge multiple times for the same music (Once for a Compact Disc, once for a PC and once for each Portable music player). This unfortunately appears to be the ultimate goal of Digital Rights Management; it has little to do with actually combating piracy. This is greed, plain and simple, yet disguised as anti-piracy measures. Canadian legislation should not be enacted merely to provide large industries additional revenue streams; the law abiding consumer loses in such a scenario.

    I am not the only voter who would be affected by such legislation; this would affect every citizen that owns an iPod or other portable music player, or has ever listened to music on a PC. If this legislation is enacted, the outrage will be felt by many average citizens.

    The Canadian people do not want this. The recording artists themselves do not want this. This legislation only serves the interests of the CRIA and major music distributors. It is also distressing to learn what close ties Hon. Bev Oda and the CRIA have, even though the voices of average citizens and Canadian recording artists are not being heard (http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/1631/125/ ).

    I truly hope that you take this issue seriously, as I do sincerely believe that if this legislation is enacted and Canadian fair-use is taken away, Canadian citizens including those in your constituency will act swifty and harshly.

    Thank-you for taking the time to read this. It is appreciated.

    [Name]
    [City and Province]
    Lambton--Kent--Middlesex

    CC: Maxime Bernier, Bev Oda
    • Nicely worded.

      I'm going to send a similar letter to my MP as well.

      Note that we shouldn't copy the letter, fellow Canucks - they'll think it's a form letter and ignore it.
  • If there wasn't any creepily Orwellian government positions like "Heritage Minister", there wouldn't be anyone to bribe, now would there?

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