Thursday, January 19, 2006

Sarmite Bulte fundraiser

Michael Geist deconstructs Bulte's justifications.


As Sam Bulte gears up for her fundraiser tonight (and Online Rights Canada holds its event at the Drake Hotel at the same time), several people have written to ask whether Sam Bulte really tried to argue that CRIA et al are not hosting a fundraiser for her as was reported in the Toronto Star. It turns out there is an MP3 version of that all-candidates event available for download. The copyright discussion runs from roughly 21:00 - 31:00 and includes a question on copyright policy (which is targeted at Peggy Nash and just happens to come from the co-author of a letter to the editor in today's Toronto Star, the other author of the letter being a Bulte fundraiser co-host) as well as one on the fundraiser.

Bulte's comments on the fundraiser are remarkable because she makes three claims in about 30 seconds that are all subject to challenge.
The Globe & Mail has a report on the controversial fundraiser, including an extraordinary threat of a lawsuit!

The back-and-forth between Ms. Bulte and Mr. Geist, the blogger, is getting increasingly personal and nasty. In an interview, Ms. Bulte accused Mr. Geist, members of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Ms. Nash of trying to discredit her.

"I will not be silenced by zealots like Michael Geist and political opportunists like Peggy Nash who are making something out of nothing," she said, adding that she believes Mr. Geist's comments are nearing the point of being defamatory.

"I am not going to sue him before the election but dammit, watch me after the election."
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