I'm just a technical guy. I make my living as a systems administrator, software author and Internet consultant. After watching failures of the legislative process in the USA that lead to them passing laws that attacked the rights of technology owners and the interests of software authors, I decided I must get involved in Canada's political process. I participated in the consultation in the summer of 2001, and have been very active since. This includes sitting in on nearly all of the Bill C-32 and Bill C-11 committee meetings in-person, and being a witness in front of a Bill C-32 committee on March 8, 2011. I have been live tweeting and writing articles for each of these meetings. Now that committee work ended on March 13, the next steps will be a third reading in the House of Commons and then on to the Senate for whatever study they decide to do. Read more »
The clause-by-clause examination of Copyright Bill C-11 finished today, and the bill is now being reprinted (with the government amendments that all passed—no opposition amendments passed) and sent back to the House of Commons for third reading and then on to the Senate.
I'm clearly not Rick Mercer, but I did my own Russell McOrmond Rant videos yesterday as part of my thoughts about meeting 10 of the Copyright Bill C-11 special legislative committee. I have been attending nearly all C-11 committee meetings, as I had done with the version of this bill that was tabled before the election.