On 12-02-19 04:58 AM, Richard Stallman wrote:
> If the only thing to do is to try to influence conservative MPs,
> I suggest that someone write an article about digital handcuffs and their
> injustice, and show that to conservative MPs.
I suggest more than a single "someone" should. I've been writing
about the issue using different but similarly aggressive language
(didn't use the phrase "DRM is theft", but did say non-owner locks on
devices are closer to theft than copyright infringement is). What I
think we need is more people talking about these issues in a way that
won't allow Conservatives to be confused into thinking this issue is
only about "copyright".
Would you (Richard Stallman) be willing to write something up for
posting on a (your?) website? We would all then forward references (and
copies of that text) to MPs, etc.
Maybe we should also be doing is a letter writing campaign where all
Free Software supporters take a sample letter, personalise it, and send
to their MP. We could hopefully inform people via some of the FSF
lists (Defective by design, etc). Maybe let them know about this list
so that Canadian FSF supporters will know there is a place for us to
discuss Canadian issues.
When people are willing to meet with their MP, that should be part of
the letter. Offering to meet elevates in the mind of the MP the
importance of the issue to the constituent. There is a hierarchy for
communicating MPs, with letter writing being on the easy (to do and for
MP to ignore) to the hard (phone calls, personal visits).
We should also indicate that we have people in Ottawa that can speak
to any MP about this issue at their convenience. I'm one person who
works on the same street (Wellington) as MPs parliamentary offices, and
there may be others here in Ottawa willing to join me.
For those who have not written before, MP names and email addresses
are available via http://c11.ca/edid (browse by province and postal
I am writing you about non-copyright related impacts of Copyright bill
C-11. This bill puts digital handcuffs on the computers and other
technology which Canadians depend on for work and personal reasons.
(etc -- use better wording - blah blah blah)
I would like to meet with you to discuss this issue.
I would like you to meet with members of our community to discuss
this issue in detail. We have people who live in Ottawa who can meet
you in your parliamentary office. Please reply and/or write to
info@c11.... to set up a meeting.
[Name, address, and postal code of letter author. Postal code critical
as staffers look up to verify if the person is a constituent]
Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/> Please help us tell the Canadian Parliament to protect our property
rights as owners of Information Technology. Sign the petition!
"The government, lobbied by legacy copyright holders and hardware
manufacturers, can pry my camcorder, computer, home theatre, or
portable media player from my cold dead hands!" http://c11.ca/own