It seems we have well informed readers! A helpful visitor to Art Threat posted a link to the newly created Copyright Consultations 2009 website detailing this summer’s public hearings into copyright legislation in Canada. Depending on where you live, you have between 1 and 36 days to get ready. Here is a quick list of events:
July 20: Vancouver – Round Table
July 21: Calgary – Round Table (today)
July 29: Gatineau – Round Table
July 30: Montreal – Town Hall
August 5: Winnipeg – Round Table
August 27: Toronto – Town Hall
You have to register for the Town Halls in Toronto and Montreal, which you can do at the website.
The website also offers links to the Copyright Act, Bills C60 and C61, a brief history of copyright law in Canada, and various Parliamentary reports on intellectual property. Some other resources that might be helpful:
Does the haphazard way these events are being promoted, and their taking place during the the traditional high season for summer vacationing in Canada, suggest a somewhat cynical interest in public opinion on copyright law? A case could be made. One wonders what the government expects to get from Canadians with so few hearings and on such short notice.
The public – unlike industry lobbyists – do not get paid for participating in these processes and must research and prepare on their own time. And, to get a little grumbly, one wonders why the government is so uninterested in opinions outside of a few urban centers. There is not even one hearing in Atlantic Canada or in the North.
And what about Quebec City? Hamilton? Edmonton? Victoria? Ottawa? Regina? Moncton? Lethbridge? Kingston? Abbottsford? Grand Prairie? Saint John? Yellowknife? Halifax? Nanaimo? Brampton? Charlottetown? Kitchener? Saskatoon? St. John’s? Burlington? Thunder Bay? Windsor? Whitehorse? And so on.
They are what they are, however. Spread the word if you happen to be lucky enough to live in a city where the hearings will take place. Make your voice heard on copyright law in Canada.