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Coming Soon to Canada – Copyright Cops

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Canada’s Soon-To-Be Introduced “Lawful” Access Legislation

(Originally published in the Toronto Star by Dr. Michael Geist)

The first prong mandates the disclosure of Internet provider customer information without court oversight. Under current privacy laws, providers may voluntarily disclose customer information but are not required to do so.

The second prong requires Internet providers to dramatically re-work their networks to allow for real-time surveillance. (without court oversight)

The bill sets out detailed capability requirements that will eventually apply to all Canadian Internet providers. These include the power to intercept communications, to isolate the communications to a particular individual, and to engage in multiple simultaneous interceptions.

Moreover, the bill establishes a comprehensive regulatory structure for Internet providers that would mandate their assistance with testing their surveillance capabilities and disclosing the names of all employees who may be involved in interceptions (and who may then be subject to RCMP background checks).

Having obtained customer information without court oversight and mandated Internet surveillance capabilities, the third prong creates a several new police powers designed to obtain access to the surveillance data.

 These include new transmission data warrants that would grant real-time access to all the information generated during the creation, transmission or reception of a communication including the type, direction, time, duration, origin, destination or termination of the communication.

Law enforcement could then obtain a preservation order to require providers to preserve subscriber information, including specific communication information, for 90 days. Finally, having obtained and preserved the data, production orders can be used to require the disclosure of specified communications or transmission data.

An OPENSOURCE film about copyright, teenagers & internet.


Director / Writer: Julio Secchin
Producer: Luiz Felipe ‘Moe’ Couto
Cinematographer: Daniel Venosa
Assistant Director: Rodrigo Vasconcellos
Art Directors: Maya Dikstein & Laura Shalders
Costume Designer: Maria Catarina Duncan
Editor: Felipe Peres & Vincent Zoidberg, A.C.E.
Original Titles Design: Níkolas Pereira
Art Property Producer: Gabriel Cabral
Art Director Assistants: Livia Travassos & Manoela Medeiros
Original Music & Sound Design: Bernardo Uzeda
Sound Recordist: Diogo Valentino
1st Camera Assistant: Guilherme Rezende
2nd Camera Assistant: Marcelo Pizzato
Still Photographer: Gabriel Secchin
Additional Photography & Camera Operation: João Atala, Diego Quinderé, Lourenço Monte-Mór, Gabriel Mariani, Guilherme Rezende & Marcelo Pizzato
Special Effects: Equipe M
Continuity: Manuelle Rosa
Make-up Artist: Isabela Arêde
Casting: Rodrigo Vasconcellos & Duda Gorter
Assist. Production: Emerson Mendes, Nathalia Melo & Leonardo Batista de Brito
Set Manager: Rafael ‘Torah’ Silva
Gaffer: Danilson Souza Costa
Additional Gaffer: Baianinho
Best Boy Electric: Bartô

 Starring: Pedro Ramôa, Gustavo Berriel, Rafaella Buzzi & André Ramiro.
Featuring: Marcello Biju, Guilherme Bellem, André ‘Fofo’ Chaves & Gabriel Frazão

Special thanks to Andre Camara

Written by mattliving

May 15, 2011 at 10:26 am

Why No One Should Vote for “The Harper Government”

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  1. One Billion three hundred Million at G20 $ 1,300,000,000 2 day party.
  2. 30-40 billion dollar non tendered jets
  3. 10- 15 billion for US Style Mega Prisons and mandatory sentences when the US is changing its policies because they don’t work.
  4. Harper was president of the National Citizens Coalition that want to privatize our health care and make his insurance cronies more stink’n filthy rich.
  5. Carson
  6. Bev Oda
  7. Ouimet
  8. Not enough money invested in healthcare
  9. Not enough for seniors (too many go to the food bank)
  10. Claims coalition is undemocratic, while wanting to form his own
  11. No environmental policy because we don’t know what the U.S. is doing
  12. Crime bills for non-violent offenders
  13. Clement trying to stop the aids bill because he is in the pocket of big pharma
  14. Claims success for economy; Martin is the guy who wouldn’t let him deregulate the banking system and turn it into a U.S. one that is now economically ruined.
  15. ACOA appointments
  16. Appointed senate
  17. SNC Lavalin prison expansion in Libya ( I wonder who gets Canadian contracts)
  18. in-and-out. Future prison sentences for the party.
  19. Glass palace on parliament. to cost 40 million for TEMPORARY replacement.
  20. Biggest deficit
  21. Biggest Government in History of Canada
  22. Not talking media questions. 4 pre arranged questions. Whats he hiding?
  23. Ending Kairos funding when they have been with us for 35 years.
  24. Loss of skilled jobs in replacement of 40 in walmarts opening in
  25. F-18’s serviceable until 2022
  26. 150 million total for economic action plan ads
  27. Proroguing parliament twice !!
  28. Taking away our rights under the Canadian constitution during the G20
  29. Claiming Igantieff a foreigner when Flaherty went to Princeton
  30. Off UN security council because of dirty mining in Congo.
  31. 150 million for economic action plan ads that went to a company in Washington state for the actual printing of the billboards and such instead of a Canadian print company
  32. The Cadman affair, gets caught on tape offering a MP that is dying of cancer a million dollar life insurance policy if he vote to over throw the Martin gov’t, then sues anybody who mentions it to keep it out of the press
  33. Having an ad budget (paid for by tax dollars) bigger than what Proctor&Gamble spends in a year.
  34. Loosing our seat in the security council for the first time….ever
  35. Not having a passport until he was elected an MP
    (way to figure out how Canada fits into the world)
  36. Having only one actual job in his life, and that was a job in the mail room at Esso his dad got him.Rating
  37. Black Halloween. 30 BILLION lost by Seniors. His campaign promises mean nothing.
  38. Trying to change the census to short form destroying important statistics used by many.
  39. Contempt of parliament. First government in history. Harper is downplaying it like its nothing. Disgraceful to True Canadians.

Think before you VOTE. But for the sake of your country, children and sovereignty VOTE.

Written by mattliving

May 1, 2011 at 9:35 am


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If you want to be a government in a minority Parliament, you have to work with other people.
Stephen Harper

It’s the government’s obligation to look really to the third parties to get the support to govern.
Stephen Harper

The government can only be brought down because it alienates several parties in the House.
Stephen Harper

The Leader of the Opposition’s constitutional obligation – the obligation to Parliament – it’s the reason we did the merger! – is to make sure Canadians have an alternative for government.
Stephen Harper

This party will not take its position based on public opinion polls. We will not take a stand based on focus groups. We will not take a stand based on phone-in shows or householder surveys or any other vagaries of pubic opinion.
Stephen Harper

Universality has been severely reduced: it is virtually dead as a concept in most areas of public policy.
Stephen Harper

We’ll support the government on issues if it’s essential to the country but our primary responsibility is not to prop up the government, our responsibility is to provide an opposition and an alternative government for Parliament and for Canadians.
Stephen Harper

If Ottawa giveth, then Ottawa can taketh away.
Stephen Harper

Choose wisely Canada.

Written by mattliving

April 16, 2011 at 10:46 am

Are You Not Entertained?

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When war becomes entertainment the value of a man’s life will inevitably be for sale.
M.D.L. 2010

Written by mattliving

April 16, 2011 at 10:19 am


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The next time you here someone proclaiming the evils of socialism please share the above quote
to remind where they received the ability to achieve “their” wealth or opportunities and
please share this amazing essay written by Albert Einstein in May 1947.

Written by mattliving

March 12, 2011 at 10:47 am

Where Free Unions and Collective Bargaining is Forbidden Freedom is Lost.

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So I guess free union and collective bargaining are ok to lift workers and their families out from under oppressive regimes and poverty. But once they are no longer “poor” unions and collective bargaining are not ok to maintain that standard of living? (: Fuck you Gov. Walker!

Written by mattliving

March 12, 2011 at 10:29 am

Canada’s Broadcasters Cry Radio Wolf! Again.

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Funny how Canada’s Broadcasters have launched a public “information” campaign that makes a number of astoundingly false claims about Canada’a proposed copyright bill C-32 that is currently making it’s way through the legislative process.

Big fat lies:

  • Local Radio at risk without Bill C-32
    – Remember CTV’s Save Local TV campaign? Same billshit, only thicker
  • Claims millions of dollars will leave Canada robbing Canadian artists of their fair share
    – Since when did Canadian broadcasters give a shit about Canadian artists. They’ve sent millions lobbying the government for even more ways to screw Canadian artists out of royalties. In 2009 they claimed to have paid Canadian music artists $51 millions dollars on $1.5 BILLION in revenue!
  • Canadian Broadcasters generously shared only 3.4% of their revenue with artists that contributor virtually 100% to their programming!
  • UPDATE:  The Canadian Broadcasters are actually supporting one aspect of C-32 – the elimination of the Broadcast Mechanical Royalty which has been a source of income for Canadian Artists for a decade. The broadcasters FALSE claims that the money goes into the pockets of “Big Recording companies outside of Canada” since up until late 09 there was no such tariff being paid to Master owners. This has been a steady stream of income to artists on Indie and major labels alike.

Check this slice of utter bullshit from the CBA’s website. The graph below is trying to compare the cost of music and “social growth” – whatever the hell that is – to declining radio revenue. I think the decline radio revenue is linked more to shitty programming and the rise of the Internet. To some how try and link radio’s decline to bad copyright laws is pure and simple hokum! And even despite the decline, Canadian radio broadcasters enjoyed revenues over $1.5 BILLION in 2009! Pretty tough slogging eh!

Local radio is in it’s death throws

Anyone who listens to “local” radio which is now mostly owned and by Canadians largest broadcasters or cable companies knows just how desperate they’ve become. Like Canadian television their programming is stuffed to over following with nauseating self promotions and incredibly bad local advertising. Local operations in most markets have become regionalized with only skeleton crews remaining in most markets. But hey, according to the CBA local communities would shrivel and die without local radio!

Canada needs balanced and fair copyright laws that DO NOT allow for vendors to lock down the products we PURCHASE with DRM (Digital Rights Management) locks that Bill C-32 will make ilegal for you to unlock, despite having purchased the product.

I strongly urge every interested Canadian to visit Dr. Michael Geist’s website. Here’s his brief bio from his blog:

Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law. He has obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees from Cambridge University in the UK and Columbia Law School in New York, and a Doctorate in Law (J.S.D.) from Columbia Law School. Dr. Geist has written numerous academic articles and government reports on the Internet and law and was a member of Canada’s National Task Force on Spam. He is an internationally syndicated columnist on technology law issues with his regular column appearing in the Toronto Star and the Ottawa Citizen. Dr. Geist is the editor of In the Public Interest: The Future of Canadian Copyright Law, published in 2005 by Irwin Law, the editor of several monthly technology law publications, and the author of a popular blog on Internet and intellectual property law issues. Dr. Geist serves on the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Expert Advisory Board, on the Canadian Digital Information Strategy’s Review Panel, and on the Information Program Sub-Board of the Open Society Institute. He has received numerous awards for his work including the Les Fowlie Award for Intellectual Freedom from the Ontario Library Association in 2009, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award in 2008, Canarie’s IWAY Public Leadership Award for his contribution to the development of the Internet in Canada and he was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2003.

Written by mattliving

February 26, 2011 at 12:19 pm

First They Came…

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First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

– Pastor Martin Niemoller

This famous statement attributed to Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the inactivity of German intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power and the purging of their chosen targets, group after group.

Written by mattliving

February 25, 2011 at 9:03 am

The American Dream

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The AMERICAN DREAM is a 30 minute animated film that shows you how you’ve been scammed by the most basic elements of our government system. All of us Americans strive for the American Dream, and this film shows you why your dream is getting farther and farther away. Do you know how your money is created? Or how banking works? Why did housing prices skyrocket and then plunge? Do you really know what the Federal Reserve System is and how it affects you every single day? THE AMERICAN DREAM takes an entertaining but hard hitting look at how the problems we have today are nothing new, and why leaders throughout our history have warned us and fought against the current type of financial system we have in America today. You will be challenged to investigate some very entrenched and powerful institutions in this nation, and hopefully encouraged to help get our nation back on track. (investmentwatchblog.com)

Time to wake up America.

Written by mattliving

January 4, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Canada. Free Speech Is No More.

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Alex Hundert’s words will not appear in this story.

Unlike other Canadians, he’s not allowed to speak to the press.

At least that’s how a court interpreted the new bail conditions placed on Hundert, an accused ringleader of violence during the G20 summit in June.

“It’s staggering in its breadth,” said John Norris, Hundert’s lawyer. “I’ve never heard of anything as broad as that.”

Hundert, 30, faces three counts of conspiracy pertaining to G20 activities, and was released in July on $100,000 bail with about 20 terms, including not participating in any public demonstration.

Shortly after his release, the Crown filed an appeal to revoke his bail. Superior Court Justice Todd Ducharme ruled against that appeal.

On Sept. 17, shortly after Ducharme’s decision, Hundert was arrested for participating in a panel discussion at Ryerson University — which police deemed to be a public demonstration.

On Wednesday Hundert agreed to the new, more stringent, bail conditions.

They include a clarification of the no-demonstration rule, to include a restriction on planning, participating in, or attending any public event that expresses views on a political issue.

– The Toronto Star

Written by mattliving

October 15, 2010 at 7:19 pm