If clarity, concision, and long-hand are integral to writing effective letters to politicians, here are two Twitter-sized communiqués (yep, 140 characters each), that you can copy out and snail-mail to speak out against a Canadian DMCA-type copyright bill, and/or ACTA. They’re convenient, replicating them can help send a strong, unequivocal message, and they’ll even fit on a postcard. (Remember, no stamp needed to mail them to MPs c/o House of Commons, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A6.)
I oppose any IP bill that includes strong digital lock provisions, excludes flexible fair dealing protections, & ignores public consultation
I oppose Canada’s secretive and undemocratic participation in the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), and I also oppose ACTA itself.
Sure, you can tweet them too. But you can’t tweet them directly to the ministers responsible for the expected copyright bill, Hon. James Moore (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages) and Hon. Tony Clement (Minister of Industry) …
tellingly, they neither follow anyone nor have any followers. Okay, they may follow and have followers, but looking for them during the “Twitter follow bug” made for a convenient reminder that their IP “reforms” don’t follow public opinion.