Press Releases

List of our press releases, in reverse chronological order.

OpenMedia calls for Conservative MP Laurie Hawn to apologize to business leaders immediately

Privacy pillar Canada May 07th, 2015
The call comes in response to Laurie Hawn attacking and questioning the loyalty of business leaders who signed a letter criticizing controversial Bill C-51
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An international network of organizations launches campaign to safeguard the Right To Link

Privacy pillar Canada United States International May 05th, 2015
May 6, 2015 – A large network of over 50 organizations from 21 countries is coming together to “Save The Link”. Today, the network is launching a multilingual international campaign aimed at pushing back against efforts by powerful media conglomerates to censor links and stifle free expression on the Internet. One of the proposals being advanced could make users personally liable for the content of websites they link to online. The campaign launches as legislators in the EU are considering a major copyright review, including amendments to the European Union’s Copyright Directive that experts say would fundamentally undermine the right to link. In addition, a recent leak from the European Commission reveals measures that could force online companies to monitor the activities of Internet users in order to block content in other countries. In tandem with the launch of the campaign, organizers have set up a Thunderclap social media amplification tool demanding that legislators protect the right to link. The message will reach over 1.4 million people.
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Commons to vote on ‘secret police’ bill C-51 as early as Tuesday after over 205,000 Canadians have spoken out online

Privacy pillar Canada May 03rd, 2015
MPs are being inundated with letters, phone calls, emails, and tweets in one of the largest citizen campaigns in Canadian history
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As government announces costly new copyright terms, leading experts send letter to Industry Minister urging him to fix existing loopholes that are exposing Canadians to threats and abuse

Canada April 23rd, 2015
For months, foreign media giants have abused Canada’s copyright system by threatening Canadians with penalties that are impossible under Canadian law, in order to intimidate them into paying extortionate charges
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Canada is walking into a copyright trap warn advocates, as government quietly announces it will lengthen copyright terms for sound recordings by 20 years with no public consultation

Privacy pillar Canada April 22nd, 2015
Content creators and everyday Canadians will pay the price for continued mishandling of copyright policy from government, as unaddressed Notice and Notice loophole continues to expose Canadians to abuse   
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Business Leaders pen an open letter warning the government that Bill C-51 will cause serious damage to Canadian businesses

Privacy pillar Canada April 20th, 2015
60 leading businesses, entrepreneurs, and investors warn that “unbalanced” legislation will undermine operations and international trust in Canadian businesses
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Dozens of community events are taking place across Canada on Saturday to #RejectFear and #StopC51

Privacy pillar Canada April 17th, 2015
Events have been organized not by organizations, but by everyday Canadians wanting to take a stand against what experts have described as a “Secret Police” bill
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Canadians use social media and local gatherings to educate neighbours and MPs, as #StopC51 Week of Education kicks off

Access pillar United States International April 12th, 2015
With many MPs home in their ridings in advance of crucial vote, over 50 online and offline activities will take place right across Canada for the #StopC51 Week of Education
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