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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.

 copyrightcops.org/​

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

India Calls Out ACTA’s True Purpose.

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India was rounding up opposition to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and that it wanted to stop the deal from being made outside of existing international institutions. This week, it made good on its promise to object.

The new standards envisioned by ACTA “could short-change legal process, impede legitimate competition and shift the escalated costs of enforcing private commercial rights to governments, consumers and taxpayers, said an Indian representative at the World Trade Organization. “They also represent a systemic threat to the rights of legitimate traders and producers of goods, and fundamental rights of due process of individuals.” (arstechnica)

Thank you India for finally revealing the true purpose of ACTA.

ACTA corporate and media participants will give up almost everything else wrong with ACTA if they can shift the burden of enforcement onto the shoulders of government (you). Not only do they want to completely control who does what at any given moment with their copyrighted material but they want the your government to enforce their copyrights using your tax dollars!

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June 14, 2010 at 9:59 am

Posted in ACTA, Copyright, DRM

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Why I Love Reddit!

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RedditMagic

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October 20, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Posted in Comedy, Internet, Social Networks

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New “Lawful” Access Legislation Requires ISP Disclosure WITHOUT Court Oversight.

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The Toronto Star: The push for new Internet surveillance capabilities – dubbed the “lawful access” initiative – dates back to 1999, when government officials began crafting proposals to institute new surveillance technologies within Canadian networks that would include additional legal powers to access surveillance and subscriber information. Over the past decade, lawful access has stalled despite public consultations, bills that have died on the order paper, and even a promise from former public safety minister Stockwell Day to avoid mandatory disclosure of personal information without court oversight.

Last June, current Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan tabled the latest lawful access legislative package. Much like its predecessors, the bill establishes new surveillance requirements for Internet service providers. In an about-face from the Day commitment however, it also features mandatory disclosure of customer information, including name, address, IP address, and email address upon request and without court oversight.

Lawful access has long faced at least two significant barriers. The first involves ISP costs associated with installing new equipment and responding to disclosure requests. The government has attempted to address those concerns by promising to help pay the bills. It plans to provide some funding for new equipment and, in a little noticed provision, has opened the door to paying ISPs for providing customer name and address information to law enforcement authorities.

The second barrier involves lingering questions about the need for lawful access. Critics have pointed to the fact that Canadian law enforcement has successfully used the Internet in hundreds of investigations, including a high-profile Toronto terrorism case. Moreover, the law already grants ISPs the options to disclose customer’s names and address information.

bspcomment I do not understand how the government seems to think that individual connections to the Internet which are made in our homes and well behind the long standing and legally accepted demarcation barrier with other telecommunications providers are not PRIVATE connections. We have to push back hard on this absolutely bizarre Tory notion that incorrectly promoted the idea that Canadians accept no privacy while using the Internet.

There is a huge difference between a lower expectation of privacy while suing the Internet and allowing the government to track and record your movement on the Internet WITHOUT a court order.

And it’s NOT about terrorism folks. Recent revelations from a US Senate subcommittee clearly demonstrate the the sneek and peak provisions in the US Patriot Act were virtually NEVER used in terrorism cases but rather drug enforcement cases.

The Justice Department made 763 requests for “sneak-and-peek” warrants in 2008, but only three of those had to with terrorism investigations, Sen. Russ Feingold told a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday.

And law enforcement legislation that does not require court oversight is unconstitutional and WILL ALWAYS be abused by a sitting government. History continues to prove this fact time and time again!

Written by mattliving

October 12, 2009 at 9:11 am

Literacy Drive :)

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LiteracyDrive

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September 24, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Shaw Cable Contradicts Previous Testimony At Neutrality Hearings!

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Toronto Star: As the commission weighs the various claims, it would do well to consider testimony it heard a few months ago during the February new media hearings. The issue in those hearings was whether Internet service providers should face a levy to fund new media or be required to prioritize Canadian content. (The CRTC declined to do both in its decision released last month.)

Interestingly, the same telecom and cable companies that will now argue that managing their networks is essential offered a somewhat different take when confronted with the prospect of doing so in the name of supporting Canadian content.

For example, Shaw Communications Inc.’s network-management submission states “traffic management is necessary to ensure that Shaw’s customers continue to have access to fast, reliable and affordable service.” It adds the “traffic shaping process uses deep packet inspection (DPI) technology to identify packets that are associated with P2P file-sharing applications and to slow those packets down, limiting the amount of available capacity P2P traffic consumes.”

Yet, when CEO Jim Shaw was asked about the prospect of identifying traffic during the new media hearings, he told the commission, “we can only tell you how many bits are coming in or out. We don’t know what kind of bit it is. It could be anything from an email to a porno. We don’t know that. We spend no time trying to figure out what bits are going to your house. We just don’t know.” (Unless it’s P2P traffic then they throttle it down)

bspcomment So what’s the story morning glory? (:

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July 7, 2009 at 7:34 am

Canadian Government Wants Unfettered Access to Your Private Information Without Court Oversight.

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1984

The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.”
– George Orwell, 1984

Michael Geist: The (Canadian) Government has taken another shot at lawful access legislation today, introducing a legislative package called the Investigative Powers for the 21st Century (IP21C) Act that would require mandated surveillance capabilities at Canadian ISPs, force ISPs to disclose subscriber information such as name and address, and grant the police broad new powers to obtain transmission data and force ISPs to preserve data.  It is pretty much exactly what law enforcement has been demanding and privacy groups have been fearing. It represents a reneging of a commitment from the previous Public Safety Minister on court oversight and will embed broad new surveillance capabilities in the Canadian Internet.

bspcomment This proposed legislation is so far over the top it almost defies description. To suggest that any government needs this level of unfettered access to private information WITHOUT court oversight is absolutely ubsurd. Further, to suggest that it will ONLY be used when required and ONLY for the purposes stated is just plain BULLSHIT! This legislation MUST NOT PASS!

Written by mattliving

June 19, 2009 at 8:03 am

Open Letter to President “CHANGE” Obama. RE: A.C.T.A. Talks

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Why does the Obama administration insist on not making the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement discussions public?

actatopsecretWhile most would understand that there is a modest requirement for security, it seems rather unlikely that given the broad range of private corporations and lobbyists that have been given a privileged seat at the table that the security reasons the President gives for not making the discussions public seems weak at best and at the worst contravene the basic tenets of the Freedom of Information Act.

As a Canadian and a graphic designer who creates and manages creative projects I have a better understanding of the issues facing copyright and the need to reform legislation to meet the needs of the 21st century. The reform however should NOT be taking place behind closed doors and without the FULL participation of public stakeholders.

I believe like most that the issues of counterfeiting with respect to products and goods we consume and use is a very serious matter. But its a matter separate from the issue of copyright. The two issues are mutually exclusive and should be addresses by separate legislative initiatives.

I strong urge the President elected solely on the platform of CHANGE to abandon the PRIVATE A.C.T.A. talks and begin a new and open process that includes public stakeholders BEFORE the “treaty” is signed.

I believe that any “treaty” that has such a massive impact on the rights and freedoms of few citizens all over the world most not be decided in secret by most of the corporations and lobbyists who’s actions have so greatly contributed to the current and deepening economic crisis the world is dealing with.

I know this email is unlikely to be seen by your eyes but I do hope with all my heart that the person reading this message has the courage and strength to, at the very least, raise the important issue of FULL public disclosure and participation in the very important issues of copyright and fair-use in the day and age of a READ/WRITE, web-driven society that is finally accessible on virtually all levels because individuals can and do share thoughts, ideas and yes media.

It’s too bad the leaders of the free world do not put as much “secret” energy into building strong and accessible social infrastructures as they seem to do to protect the so-called “intellectual property” of large multi-national corporations at a time when these corporations are allowed to grow to enormous size and more importantly influence in too many segments of our civilizations.

Take General Electric for example, given the MASSIVE extent that G.E. controls a large piece of almost every MAJOR segment of the US entertainment/content economy it’s hard to believe that the President can not see that not allowing public participation in the A.C.T.A. discussions is simply creating the same “too big to fail” scenarios for MEGA corporation like G.E. but this time the impact will be with human knowledge and access to it. It has been said that the new North American economy will be built on a knowledge economy so it should be no mystery why these global corporations and their lobbyists want so much of the A.C.T.A. to be completed in private.

  • GE Capital, GE Technology Infrastructure, GE Energy Infrastructure, GE Energy, NBC Universal, GE Consumer & Industrial
  • NBC Universal (NBC merged with non-music entertainment assets of Vivendi Universal – GE has 80% controlling share)
  • NBC – National Broadcasting Company
  • NBC Network Television stations (10)
  • NBC Entertainment
  • NBC News
  • NBC Sports
  • NBC Studios
  • NBC Universal Sports & Olympics
  • NBC Universal Television
    (Media Studios, Television Distribution, International Television)
  • NBC Universal Digital Media
  • NBC Universal Cable
  • A&E Television Networks (23 – include CNBC co-owned with The Dow Jones and MSNBC co-owned with Microsoft)
  • Significant ownership in Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks (Viacom), MGM and 20th Century Fox Film Corporation;
  • TiVo¹
  • Universal Studios (co-owned with Vivendi)
  • Universal Pictures (Focus Features, Rogue Pictures, Working Title Films)
  • Universal Studios Licensing, Universal Animation Studios, Interactive, Pictures International, Home Entertainment, Home Entertainment Productions
  • United International Pictures (co-owned with Paramount Pictures/Viacom);
  • Universal Parks & Resorts

It is equally disappointing that even as the very corporations and lobbyists that have contributed so much to our current economic crisis and the ongoing pain and hardships of MILLIONS of North Americans are only ones invited to participate in a treaty that is likely to decide who has the right to access, distribute and rework human knowledge for the next century.

I do HOPE that President CHANGE – CHANGES his mind and allow the citizens of his nation to fully and equally participate in the A.C.T.A. discussions and the crafting of this very important “treaty”.

Contact the President and demand a public and open seat the A.C.T.A. table!

Whitehouse Contact numbers:
Comments: 202-456-1111
TTY/TDD Comments: 202-456-6213

Written by mattliving

March 16, 2009 at 8:55 am

Final Edition

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A Poignant Look At The End of Local News. (Click photo for Video)
The human side of newspaper business’ collapse is enormous.
Rocky Mountain News

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February 28, 2009 at 1:26 am

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Remember When…

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February 28, 2009 at 12:26 am