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 zima on Sun 4th Sep 2011 18:01 UTC in reply to "I am not a fan of the DMCA"
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Fine, but don't forget to mention how the DMCA (etc.) are the tools of a massive campaign to steal from us.

Copyright was supposed to be a "we, the society, will grant you a limited, temporary protection, to encourage your activity of making works derivative of our culture, and to make you not fearful of broad distribution; in exchange, your derivatives will be assured to go into public domain after a reasonable delay, to become part of our greater cultural legacy others may in turn built upon" kind of deal.

This social deal has been completely perverted now, with how we'll be all long dead before current group of copyrighted works enters public domain. The protection terms get ridiculously prolonged exactly when the life is getting "faster" and publishing delays or distribution hurdles all but disappearing.

And how much are you willing to bet that the terms won't be prolonged again when Mickey Mouse will be again dangerously close to that scary, scary "PD moment"?

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The great irony of course is that Disney made most their money from out of copyright fairy tales and classical music.

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zima Member since:

One recent example is probably more "amusing" in its great irony, and perhaps very revealing about Disney:

It almost seems like they are trying to act as if the original social contract of copyright doesn't apply only to them.

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