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Grit Begone

January 13, 2006

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This election suddenly became WAY more exciting and shameless compared to the last one. Many of you may be as in awe as I am of Liberal MP Sarmite 'Sam' Bulte (Parkdale Massive!) and the controversy around her shi-shi-poo-poo campaign fundraiser at the Drake. Touted as a potential Minister of Canadian Heritage, Sammy began taking a sudden interest in copyright reform once the bills started flowing in from the entertainment industry. Funny thing is that they never spent a dime on any other MP, just Sams, just because she danced to their tune. And she ain't playin with no broke broke either. That being said, if you (the reader) in anyway feel that the shaping of copyright law in Canada absolutely has to be placed in the hands of objective individuals who tend to take initiative from doing public good rather than private success then give thought to supporting the Copyright Pledge.

This petition has been proposed by Michael Geist, Professor of Law at University of Ottawa and blogger extrordinaire. His posts on this whole situation have been my sustenance for the past few days, very insightful and balanced. I also love the fact that he's gotten under Bulte's skin, at the Parkdale-High Park candidates meeting Bulte was asked if she was in favor of the Copyright Pledge (NDP & Conservative = yes) and she replied (in part), "I will not allow Michael Geist and his pro-user zealots, and Electronic Frontier Foundation members to intimidate me into silencing my voice." Geist's response on his blog pretty much sums up how I feel about Smarmite and "her" "views". Reacting to a request to advocate fairness in policy-making by calling people names just makes her look even more like a puppet with an absent-at-the-time master.

I don't support mass-scale online exchange of copyrighted items for commercial gain while ignoring the rights holders BUT if I want to give you the tune I heard today because it's deserves the publicity then I will do so...FOR FREE. And yes, that makes it all okay in my holy book.

As if they didn't have enough on their plate already, the Liberals are just racking up the minus points and I for one don't appreciate having to consider a Conservative majority. Do the right thing, Parkdale *vote NDP*.

posted by Neha
10:36 AM


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately its doubtful that the NDP will get in there.
Even more to the point it looks like the Conservatives will be dancing through which can almost assure the fact that they will be lobbied by the same people.
Whatever, they cant and wont jail us, we arent in missouri and im not even slightly a-fear'd of them, fucking twats.
Shit, when was the last time you heard of cats getting arrested or charged in the states. They are too concerned with Osama-lama.
Good luck with this recording industry you selfish, greedy cunts.
Noone wants to pay for your music CUZ ITS EXPENSIVE SHIT. Its like adding insult to injury.

In the end it doesnt matter what happens as they wont touch us and nothing significant will evolve of it. Its just basically a pain in the ass and one more freedom taken from the hands of the people. Feh.

1/13/2006 12:39:00 PM  
Blogger Neha said...

Conceded that arrests are highly unlikely, it is still a shame that we are close to creating creating some really unfair policies that have been pushed by people like Bulte who obviously have something to privately gain. Similar situation as say smoking the whacky tabaccy. It's illegal, it's smoked anyway but people still campain for either decriminalization or leniancy in laws even though the chances of them getting caught are really slim.

I don't give much of a shit about the pot but with music it's personal. Bill C-60 if passed, whether next year or in the next 5 years, will open up a whole new avenue by which industry giants can appeal to the authorities who will in turn have legal access (by way of isp) to personal information. The only reason the 19 people on trial 2 years ago for file-sharing weren't put on trial is because their names and addresses were and are still protected under law. I just don't want that to change because some weak MP is getting hooked on living the high life.

Fucking recording industry, I can't believe that such a badly-run, short-sighted, power-hungry monster is still wielding so much power over so many people.

1/13/2006 01:00:00 PM  
Blogger Steve Stinson said...

Granted, this is a lobbying game, but it is a particularly difficult battle to win when the dark side has already bought the outcome. The Tories are promising to ban corporate donations, as well as limit individual donations to $1000 per year. It is hard to buy much with that.

That said, us "pro-user zealots" would at least be back in the game. Ultimately, it will be the Conservatives that introduce the next copyright bill. We have some convincing to do.

This is not only about music, it is about information. A very strong economic case can be made about the spillover benefits of such being diffused throughout society. If the media oligoplies horde information and restrict access to it, then the economy, productivity and our standards of living will suffer.

There has got to be a better way than stacking the deck in favour of corporate media interests. The Liberals, with Bill C-60, have shown whose interests they have at heart. I'm still going with the Tories, but if Peggy Nash wins the riding instead of Bulte, I won't be too upset.

1/13/2006 01:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wanna do me a favor my dear and bump that drt post in Stillepost.ca again? shits on the third page, eech.
Heads need to know.

1/13/2006 03:54:00 PM  
Blogger Neha said...

Yea, we do have a lot of convincing to do, don't we? I think Cee Pee has the right 'tude. Soldiering on with our regular habits and staying informed are our best and perhaps our only options with regard to copyright law.

I was surprised at the donation curbing measures proposed by the Tories. I get shifty when bans and upper-limits are thrown around, just because I'm skeptical of a lack of loop holes. We are in agreement, however, as long as Bulte is history the end result will be better for Parkdale and the rest of us.

1/13/2006 04:35:00 PM  
Blogger Neha said...

Cee Pee, first page now. GO GO GADGET POST!

1/13/2006 04:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard that if the conservatives win, pedestrians will no longer have the right of way

1/14/2006 04:42:00 AM  
Blogger Neha said...

HA. I heard that if the conservatives win then (the night after) all the houses with doorposts that aren't marked in blood will lose their first born!

1/14/2006 12:19:00 PM  

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