[clug-talk] FW: [CalgaryUNIX] Jim Prentice and proposed new copyright legislation

bogi khangyi at shaw.ca
Sat Dec 8 10:46:32 PST 2007

I am coming, and hope others will too.

On December 8, 2007 11:26, Greg King wrote:
> Hi folks,
> If any of you have a 1/2 hour to spare today at 2:30 please meet some CUUG
> members at Jim Prentice's Open House to present a protest to the proposed
> new Canadian copyright law.
> For details see
> http://www.boingboing.net/2007/12/07/canadians-tomorrow-i.html
> Open house is at:
> Jim Prentice Constituency Office
> Suite 105
> 1318 Centre St NE
> Calgary, Alberta T2E 2R7
> Greg
> -----Original Message-----
> From: calgaryunix-bounces at cuug.ab.ca
> [mailto:calgaryunix-bounces at cuug.ab.ca] On Behalf Of Roy Brander
> Sent: Saturday, December 08, 2007 10:49 AM
> To: public Calgary UNIX talk
> Subject: Re: [CalgaryUNIX] Jim Prentice and proposed new copyright
> legislation
> I just saw this on slashdot myself.  I have a crowded schedule today (my
> father's arriving by air ambulance from the states with a collapsed lung at
> 4) but I'm trying to think how I could squeeze into the 2:30-3:00 period at
> the end of Prentice's "open house" to go confront him.
> Can anybody join me?  The psychological impact of several people going
> there, delivering a polite but curt and forceful message and then all
> walking out together would be much, much larger than one person doing it
> alone.  One person is a crank, several are a political message.
> Proposed text:
> "Mr. Prentice, my companions and I are all members of the Calgary Unix
> Users Group, basically an organization of mostly middle-aged computer
> professionals that operate and program the kind of servers that run large
> corporations and the Internet itself.  As members of the high-tech
> industry, we have been monitoring the copyright debate for over a decade
> now and we are all convinced that most industry-backed copyright
> legislation is bad for the industry itself.
> The same kind of people opposed radio 80 years ago because it 'gave away
> free music' and the VCR 25 years ago when Jack Valenti infamously described
> it as being to Hollywood what the Boston Strangler was to women.  Your
> proposed legislation could easily damage both hi-tech and artistic content
> industries alike as much as the proposed laws against VCRs and radio would
> have if legislators of those times had been foolish enough to enact them.
> We see it as our duty as citizes, therefore, tto let you know that if
> anything remotely resembling this legislation is passed by this government
> that we will have to cast aside all our former political preferences in
> favour of ending conservative party rule.  We are not talking about
> changing our votes. We are talking about donating to your opponents,
> fund-raising for your opponents, working for your opponents.  Your own seat
> here in Calgary is no-doubt safe, so we as rational engineers will of
> course devote our efforts to seats where the conservative party is weakest.
> We don't have any questions, those are all amply answered by the reading we
> have already done.  We just wanted to let you know."
> Then we turn and walk out.
> Come on, can anybody else come?
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