In the process, I’ve learned: that personal letters are more effective than click-and-send form letters; that shorter letters are more effective than longer (e.g. one page maximum); and that typed letters are more effective than handwritten (I forget where I’d picked up the contrary notion, but I appreciate type’s easier on MP staff’s eyes).
Anyway, if you don’t think SOPA has any more of a place in Canada than it did in the USA, tell your MP so, and do it soon.
I am writing to register my objection to the digital lock provisions in Bill C-11, and to strenuously oppose any new “enabler” provisions, based on the disastrously designed SOPA legislation that failed (justly) in the USA, but which entertainment lobbies are now pushing here in Canada.
Aside from the digital lock provisions, Bill C-11 stands to benefit Canadians; however, SOPA-style enabler provisions threaten the very structure of the Internet itself, and would grievously jeopardize Canadian business, national security, and citizens’ rights and freedoms. You have previously committed to passing C-11 unchanged; I urge you to maintain that commitment and refuse any changes to C-11 that would either introduce enabler provisions or further tighten digital lock provisions. Such changes would turn the bill’s existing compromise of the public interest into a downright public menace.
Thank you for considering these concerns.
For more reading on the threat of SOPA in Canada:
“Dear They.” “A Copyright Quickie: Canada is about to pass SOPA’s evil little brother. Politely.” 26 Jan. 2012.
—. “C-11 Form Letter.” 2012.
Geist, Michael. “The Behind-the-Scenes campaign to Bring SOPA to Canada.” 23 Jan. 2012.