Professor Michael Geist, founder and administrator of the Facebook group Fair Copyright for Canada, a consumer advocacy lobby opposed to the new federal copyright reform legislation, reports today on his blog that the BC Civil Liberties Association "has adopted a position paper on C-61, warning of its effects on freedom of speech and privacy."
Geist, a noted academic, fails to mention what you only find out when you reach the end of the 5-page position paper, which is that it was written by "Fair Copyright for Canada: Vancouver Chapter."
Dude (sad shaking of the head).
This copyfight just gets deeper and deeper into the artificial muck beneath the grassroots field turf, doesn't it?
The paper itself is not entirely inaccurate, though it could use a serious copy edit (several references to the United Sates lead a parade of grammatical issues). On the other hand, it is one-sided in its strong focus on user rights over the rights of professional creators and copyright holders -- but I've become kind of accustomed to that being the initial stance for anyone new to the discussion. The four conclusions and recommendations the BCCLA have "adopted" start with the statement: "In its current form Bill C-61 is fatally flawed..." I don't even necessarily disagree with the rest of the conclusions or recommendations in the paper. I think they are good, debatable points that should be addressed in the committee process leading to the amendment and passing (or not passing) of Bill C-61.
I think the BCCLA does outstanding and necessary legal work. Clearly, though, they need to sharpen up their advocacy adoption policies. I consider my limited rights of ownership and control over my own personal creative works to be very important civil liberties. I would expect an organization like BCCLA to take them into consideration before adopting policy that ignores them.