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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Disappointed, but not surprised
by Alfman on Sun 4th Sep 2011 17:07 UTC
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2011-01-28

On US influence drafting foreign policy:

http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=30141

"There are three ways in which the occupation intervened in the context of Iraq's constitution-writing process. Firstly, the occupation authorities selected and affected the makeup of the commission that was charged with drafting Iraq's transitional law, and its permanent constitution. Second, the occupation determined the limits and parameters within which the constitution was to be drafted. Third, the occupation authorities intervened directly in order to safeguard its interests in the context of the constitutional negotiations."


About influence on Iraq copyright law specifically:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/04/29/riaas_rosen_writing_iraq_co...

(Yes, I used to read the register)

"Chief executive for the Recording Industry Association of America, Hilary Rosen, is helping draft copyright legislation for the New Iraq, according to investigative journalist Gregory Palast."


The Iraq situation is a little different, the US may feel entitled to dictate Iraq law after having conquered it. But this going on in Canada is sad.

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