Missed Debates

I’m still feeling kind of miserable (physically and existentially), so I decided to skip the all-candidates at UW this afternoon.

Denver Gingerich from the Waterloo Students for the Information Commons was there, and posted some notes from the debate on their wiki:

Specifically, on the copyright reform bill, C-61:

C-61 invoked a great deal of concern. Where would you stand on the issue of copyright reform? What steps would you take if a bill were tabled?


  • very important bill
  • need to be collaborative with creation of bill
    • artists need to be in on it; it’s their creation
    • concern: big business is using artists to make money for itself
  • need to be encouragin innovation and allow artists to do their work


  • most offensive bill ever seen
  • claims to be made in Canada, but isn’t
  • bill can force Internet provider to rat on your activity
  • C-61 is very dangerous


  • one of the problems: stakeholders, general public wasn’t heard
  • critical that we get the balance right
  • need to have a climate where people can be heard
  • need to keep in mind Conservative’s cut to the arts; hurts artists


  • strong believer and supporter of the arts
  • Prentice oversaw it; very capable
  • not concerned about amount of consultation that was had
  • felt we needed to update and modernize copyright
  • that said, bill is not carved in stone; I’d be interested in suggestions for change


  • was at McOrmond’s 2-hour copyright talk last night; learned a lot
  • Green Party very interested in what’s going on in copyright
  • bill is very complex; even PhD encryption students don’t know if they’d be breaking the law
  • C-61 is built for another time, like the tax system that subsidizes polluters
  • need to completely re-create copyright law

Jacobsen (reply)

  • Conservatives say it’s about owners vs consumers
  • need to get creators into the debate
  • we’re forgetting the soul of Canadians