Monday, December 10, 2007

response from the CBC

In recent days I wrote to the CBC Ombudsman about the lack of coverage to be found on the network of the upcoming Act to Amend the Copyright Act. CBC Search Engine posed questions on their website and tried to get a meeting with the Minister of Industry, Jim Prentice, but couldn't. The only other mention of it was a short article in the technology section. So I fired off this email:

Mr. Carlin,

It is with deep concern that I write to you today concerning the total lack
of coverage on the upcoming Amendment to the Copyright Act, on the notice
paper for next week. This is a significant issue and I am shocked to find
that only CBC's Search Engine has discussed the issue at all. The following
topics are areas of coverage:

1. The bill will severely limit the use of items purchased for full-retail
price by consumers. We will lose control over what we own.

2. Canadian businesses will be hobbled against innovation and independent
peer review.

3. Canadian archivists and librarians will be unable to preserve and promote
Canadian cultural items.

4. Emerging Canadian artists will be unable to promote themselves.

5. Canadian universities will be ill-equipped to teach students.

6. The Harper government laid waste to the Liberal leadership with a
centrepiece promise of transparency and accountability. As no consultation
is being undertaken with Canadians, they are in clear violation of their own
mandate.

We deserve a real discussion of this issue on the CBC and other news
organizations. It should be on the general website, the National, the Hour
and all over CBC Radio.

Sincerely,
*********

I was pleased to receive this reply today:

Dear Ms. *******:

I write to acknowledge receipt of your e-mail, which I have shared with senior programmers in CBC News and Current Affairs.

Yours truly,

Vince Carlin
CBC Ombudsman

Does it make a difference? It does to me. The nine programmers he refers to were cc'd on the email.

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