Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 4th Sep 2011 15:48 UTC
Legal "Secret U.S. government cables show a stunning willingness by senior Canadian officials to appease American demands (more here) for a U.S.-style copyright law here. The documents describe Canadian officials as encouraging American lobbying efforts. They also cite cabinet minister Maxime Bernier raising the possibility of showing U.S. officials a draft bill before tabling it in Parliament. The cables, from the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, even have a policy director for then industry minister Tony Clement suggesting it might help U.S. demands for a tough copyright law if Canada were placed among the worst offenders on an international piracy watch list. Days later, the U.S. placed Canada alongside China and Russia on the list." Unbelievable. Suddenly I understand why the SFPD had no qualms about acting as henchmen for Apple goons to violate someone's constitutional rights. If a government is messed up, it only makes sense this is reflected in the corporate policies of its prime corporations.
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RE: I am not a fan of the DMCA
by ssokolow on Sun 4th Sep 2011 17:41 UTC in reply to "I am not a fan of the DMCA"
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Saying that I also don't care for people who steal. I don't care if it is a candy, a pen, or a grape off the store counter or an apple in a field. It is all stealing to me. How can any so call civilized person think that stealing movies and music is any way to live. I guess some people just get wrapped up in theft and they can't help themselves.

Learn to say this more often. "Bad angel get off of my shoulder." Cause that is what seems to be driving the want for stolen movies and music and software.

I don't want to start another big debate, but in case anyone new wanders in, the general argument made by people who aren't just in a frenzy of downloading is as follows:

- Theft deprives the original owner of a thing they already had
- Copyright infringement leaves their ownership intact and gives them an excuse to whine that every download must have been a lost sale (rather than potential word-of-mouth advertising as some people see it)
- Piracy is theft and murder on the high seas.

Again, I'm NOT looking to start a debate. I've got better things to do.

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