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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It is really sad.
by jefro on Mon 5th Sep 2011 19:52 UTC
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I feel sad for those that argue such a flimsy excuse that somehow they are not stealing. Sad they argue it is the government that is at fault. Sad that they don't see the harm in their actions. Somehow you feel that an artist or performer or a programmer in some country is somehow not worth your effort to protect. Yet you feel that if you were in their shoes, you should be protected. Why do you feel that others should let you steal? You guys should really consider investing in some ethical and honesty courses.

Copyright laws have been in place for a very long time. Along with many other concepts such as patents, and trademarks and other legal issues such at deeds and marriage certificates and money. Yes, the money you all use is a legal document that is protected. Your arguments would lead me to believe that since I can counterfeit your money legally in one country then that is OK. That I should do it in fact since I disagree with your country. How exactly does that differ? It doesn't face it. Just be honest. You know you are crooks and petty crooks at that if you download stolen works.

To go further, you guys are addicted to this. You need help.

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