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Users rights groups struggle to make copyright an election issue

News | 06/25/2004 4:00 am EDT

Despite the low profile copyright reform has seen through the federal election campaign, public interest advocates say they won’t let up with pressure on Ottawa to reject the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage’s recommendations on the issue. On June 21, a coalition of users rights advocates launched an initiative to get Canadians interested in the responses by federal contenders on a variety of online issues, including copyright reform, the use of open source software in government, and the issue of spam. The head of one of the coalition’s members concedes that raising consciousness is proving a tough slog, but says heightened awareness about the issues will continue into a new session of Parliament.

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