[kwlug-disc] Fwd: Re: [WLSG] Letter-writing meeting [urgent-ish]
paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca
Mon Jun 14 11:19:44 EDT 2010
On Sun, Jun 13, 2010 at 01:39:37PM -0700, John Kerr wrote:
> HI Andrew
> I am sorry that I missed it, I am stuck in Guelph with now wheels.
> I am interested in this.
For those who were stuck in Guelph: instead of being sensible I went
out to this event. There were lots of students there, and not many
KWLUG members, but the atmosphere was pretty vibrant anyways.
Here are a few points from the session that have stuck in my mind:
- It looks like our MPs are obligated to read our petitions in the
House of Commons if we get 25 or more people signing them. This
seems like a concretely useful thing to do, so some people (Stephen
Paul Weber and Michael Biggs) are going to put together a petition
around C-32. I am hoping to have this petition for the July meeting.
I think that getting 25 signatures for the Kitchener-Waterloo riding
will be trivial, but the other ridings will be more work.
- Apparently the actions we can take that are likely to be of
the most use are: MP visits, letters to MPs (handwritten is better),
signing petitions, and letters to the editor.
- There will be some activism/co-ordination for the group happening on
the WSIC (Waterloo Students for the Information Commons) mailing
list. I would encourage those interested in doing stuff around this
issue to join the mailing list:
- The key people to write letters to are: your MP, ministers Tony
Clement (who might be favourable) and James Moore (who might not),
and key people in the opposition (including the Liberal critic
and maybe Michael Ignatieff).
- One core phrase that was floated around a lot was the idea that
"circumvention of digital locks should be allowed for non-infringing
purposes". That is, if the use that you would be using media for
would not be infringing copyright ordinarily, then breaking a
digital lock should be okay. It seems like an elegant way of
expressing the issue to me, but maybe I am on drugs.
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