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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WikiLeaks cables
by TasnuArakun on Mon 5th Sep 2011 20:48 UTC
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Pretty much the same thing has been happening in Sweden. Pirate Party founder Rick Falkvinge just wrote a long blog post about the recent WikiLeaks cables which reveal how the US media industry, via the US Embassy, sent a list of demands to the Swedish Government to strengthen copyright and intensify its battle agains piracy. The government obediently implements all but one of the points while at the same time lying to its people about its intention to try to avoid a public outrage.

The cables which were sent by the US Embassy contain such gems as:

"The GOS [Government of Sweden] struggles, with good intentions, against a very negative media climate and against a vocal youth movement."


"The Pirate Bay raid was portrayed as the GOS caving to USG pressure. The delicate situation made it difficult, if not counter-productive, for the Embassy to play a public role on IPR issues. Behind the scenes, the Embassy has worked well with all stakeholders."

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