I had two calls from the Conservative Party yesterday — one from a fund raiser, and another from a pollster polling on behalf of my local MP Pierre Poilievre. The fund raiser wanted money, and the pollster wanted to know how I was going to vote if an election were called. I told them both the same thing, which is that I won’t contribute funds or votes to the party while their policy on copyright remains Bill C-61. I’ve been delivering that message to party workers all summer long as they have repeatedly called looking for hand outs.
So what’s wrong with their approach?
As I’ve written previously, Bill C-61 would make most ordinary Canadian families into criminals. Rip a CD to a PC and allow your spouse to play it on her iPod, she’s a criminal. Keep a television program on your PVR too long, you’re a criminal. The list of offences goes on and on as the music and film industry have won a definitive victory in their battle to criminalize innocent and ordinary consumer behaviours. Not only that, but the industry holds the cards. The mere allegation of theft entitles them to levy fines pre-emptively, without giving the accused a day in court, and without recourse. We give murderers, drug smugglers, car thieves and shoplifters the right to a fair trial. Why not music “thieves”?
I’m nail-spitting angry over the Conservative copyright reform bill. I haven’t been this upset with the Conservative Party since voting Reform in the election of 1993.
I say get your hand outs from the music and film industry, Mr. Harper. I’ll be more than happy to see you and your government tossed out on election day over this issue.