Posts Tagged ‘government’

Canadian Copyright Reform

15/05/2010 1 comment

Make sure the government listens to Canadians about copyright legislation! This will affect all of us if the government gets their way.


Don’t Allow Your Voice To Be Silenced In The Copyright Debate


In the summer of 2009 the Government of Canada held public consultations on copyright and Canadians engaged in these consultations at unprecedented levels demanding a balance between consumer rights and creator rights. According to Michael Geist, recent developments indicate that these extensive consultations were “little more than theatre”. A very disheartening development indeed.

Indications are that the PMO has had to step in and make a decision on the direction of copyright reform in Canada because the Minister of Canadian Heritage, James Moore and the Minister of Industry, Tony Clement could not come to a consensus. A consensus should have been an achievable outcome given the input gathered during the consultation process. It is further reported that the PMO has instead given the green light on moving forward with anti-consumer copyright legislation within the next 5 weeks, a Canadian DMCA.

Your MP needs to know where you stand on the issue regardless of your views and even if you have already told them before. A physical letter or email message to your MP, the Prime Minister, James Moore, Tony Clement and Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff is what is needed right now. Also remember to join the Facebook group and the Facebook page and be sure to ask others do the same.

The Canadian Coalition for Electronic Rights has updated its online letter writing wizard in light of recent developments in the Canadian copyright reform front. This update is intended to address the Government’s seeming willingness to ignore the voices of thousands of Canadians and proceed with the introduction of anti-consumer copyright reform legislation. Legislation that goes in a polar opposite direction of what Canadians demanded during the consultation process.



Government – the Grand Paradox

09/02/2010 2 comments

The modern definition of a state, as defined by Max Weber way back in the early 1900s, goes something like this:

A group of people having a monopoly on the legitimate use of force in a defined area.

In this case, force equates with violence. From this definition of a state, it follows that politics is based on violence insofar as that if I do not follow the law, and I resist every attempt to force me to follow it, at the end of the day there is a man with a gun who will shoot me if I do not comply.

I find this paradoxical because, as I interpret it, a government’s role (in liberal democracy, at least) is to preserve the welfare of its people. So basically we have a bunch of people whose job is to preserve our welfare pointing guns at us.

And that’s my amusing musing for the day.