Sign PublicACTA

The ACTA international agreement on copyright has been negotiated largely in secret by governments in cahoots with corporations. It’s a disgraceful example of everything that’s wrong with conventional copyright and intellectual property rights.

But you can make your voice heard against it. An alternative version, PublicACTA, has been drafted and can be signed up to now. All those who sign before Tuesday morning NZ time, will be submitted to the official negotiators.

Author: David

I'm David Murakami Wood. I live on Wolfe Island, in Ontario, and am Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Surveillance Studies and an Associate Professor at Queen's University, Kingston.

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  1. Industry Minister Tony Clement will be in Montreal Wednesday afternoon to introduce a bill to “upgrade” the Copyright Act.

    Read more:

    Copyright bill would outlaw breaking digital locks
    “The government has introduced new copyright legislation that would legalize activities commonly engaged in by thousands of Canadians — such as copying a CD — but which would criminalize breaking digital locks placed on gadgets and media.

    The legislation, Bill C-32, proposes enshrining in law some of the following measures:

    The express legalization of format shifting, or the copying of content from one device to another, such as a CD to a computer or an iPod.
    The express legalization of time shifting, or recording television programs for later viewing but not for the purposes of building up a library.
    A “YouTube” clause that allows people to mash up media under certain circumstances, as long as it’s not for commercial gain.
    A “notice-and-notice” system where copyright holders will inform internet providers of possible piracy from their customers. The ISP would then be required to notify the customer that he or she was violating the law.
    A differentiation of commercial copyright violation versus individual violation. Individuals found violating copyright law could be liable for penalties between $100 and $5,000, which is below the current $20,000 maximum.
    New exceptions to fair dealing that will allow copyright violations for the purposes of parody, satire and education. …

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