by carl wilson

Copyrights & Political Wrongs


Copyrightgate in the Parkdale parliamentary race continues to occupy the local blog scene, including sage analysis from Ottawa legal expert Michael Geist, who has created a Copyright Pledge for politicians and is offering to debate Liberal candidate (aka showbusiness stooge) Sam Bulte (looking judicious, above) on the issue, after she said she won't let "pro-user zealots" intimidate her. That's it, Sam, and don't let those pro-voter zealots get you down either! That's just the public, and you've got special interests to protect.

There's further coverage at Online Rights Canada, and first-hand reporting on this week's Parkdale all-candidate meetings from Joey, who also has video. As well, Boing Boing is still on the case with word of a shop-window protest against Builte from indie used-and-new-book-and-record store (a species sadly vanishing from the landscape in part due to the digital revolution, but that doesn't stop 'em) She Said Boom.

For the record, I don't think that everybody should be free to traffic online in copyrighted music in vast quantities for commercial gain with no renumeration to the rights holders. But I think there should be a great deal of leeway for personal use and that once the line is crossed, the legal punishments should be in proportion to the crime, and individuals should not be financially drawn-and-quartered in the public square to set an example to the rest of us sinners. Declaring war doesn't advance a balanced view of cultural properties, rights and freedoms, and it certainly doesn't promote public sympathy for the just concerns of creators and their agents, or any nuanced sense of the blend of individual and collective cultural input into the creative process. Bleah.

And it's extraordinarily annoying to have to wage this little battle with a Liberal candidate at the very moment when my real main concern is that Stephen Harper's gang of crypto-Republicans are about to take over the country like they were waltzing into a bar.

| Posted by zoilus on Thursday, January 12 at 12:46 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (9)


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Posted by RAPGypcIjU on January 24, 2006 3:51 AM



jesus, for a second there i read those results like the conservatives had actually LESS votes than the marxist-leninist. o, parkdale!

Posted by barclay on January 13, 2006 10:22 PM



2004 Results:

Total number of valid votes: 46,912

Sarmite (Sam) Bulte, Liberal
19,727 votes, 42.1 %

Peggy Nash, New Democratic Party
16,201 votes, 34.5 %

Lorne Gershuny, Marxist-Leninist
130 votes, 0.3 %

Jurij Klufas, Conservative
7,221 votes, 15.4 %

Neil Spiegel, Green Party
3,249 votes, 6.9 %

Terry Parker, Marijuana Party
384 votes, 0.8 %

Posted by zoilus on January 13, 2006 1:10 PM



You can find out the total vote count with a quick search of elections canada, I'd bet.


Posted by fatcitizen on January 13, 2006 12:19 PM



Thanks for the info K. I'm wondering what % 3,500 constitutes out of the total votes cast in that riding. That seems a fairly significant number if there were, say, 25,000 votes - but pretty close if 50,000...hmmm. And I agree that the "pro-user zealots" would make a fine band name.

Posted by Dan Berman on January 13, 2006 6:53 AM




She won by 3,500 votes in the last election. I've heard no word on how close the race is this time around (though you have to think all this noise is likely to make it closer...)


Posted by fatcitizen on January 13, 2006 12:44 AM



Anyone have any idea on poll data in Bulte's riding?
Will this be a close election, if so perhaps it's worth gathering forces to ensure her losing...

Posted by Dan Berman on January 12, 2006 6:42 PM



Tell us what you really think Carl. Like I said before, Sam's a real piece of work alright, though stooge might be going too easy on her.

Posted by Phil on January 12, 2006 3:26 PM




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