[kwlug-disc] Kitchener-Waterloo Debates and C-32 - Braid defends C-32 and digital locks

Russell McOrmond russellmcormond at gmail.com
Thu Apr 21 13:43:11 EDT 2011

On Thu, Apr 21, 2011 at 1:22 PM, Darryl O'Neill <ldoneill at golden.net> wrote:
> Braid runs the script from Ottawa.  I can understand if the Tories have an
> open market capitalism policy.

  Someone will have to explain to me how non-owner locks on content
and hardware/software is "an open market capitalism policy".  Sounds
like the worst form of government protectionist manipulation, and
based on a justification that in the end backfires anyway (IE:
non-owner locks create an incentive to infringe/circumvent, harm
competitive markets and property rights, etc)

  -- just saying :-)

> But I think that Braid and the local conservative politicians  should have
> fought for  RIM to get first crack at the Nortel Patents.

  Being from Ottawa, and having been told by people trying to engage
with Nortel and their lack of interest to even admit they were
Canadian, I'm not sure I would agree.  There are companies that could
justifiably wrap themselves in a Canadian flag and get some mileage
out of that, but not sure that Nortel or RIM are examples.

  That's so off-topic that I should probably have kept quiet....

> I have put a call in and asked to talk to Braid or someone who can speak for
> Braid on C-32 and other issues.  They claimed that
> someone would phone.

  I will be very interested to hear anything that is discussed.  I
kept trying to get one-on-one meetings with all the MPs that were on
the C-32 committee, and no new meetings happened.  I got a promise
from Dan McTeague for a future meeting, but no interest shown (no
time/etc claimed) from the Conservative side of the table.

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