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: It is really sad.
by dragossh on Mon 5th Sep 2011 22:09 UTC in reply to "It is really sad."
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Copying is something we've been doing for millions of years now. Humans copied each other's traditions, tools, languages. That's how we evolved. Trying to stop copying is trying to stop a normal thing. You CAN'T stop copying, it's like trying to stop gravity. There'll always be ways to copy something, whether you want it or not.

Copyright is a good idea but, like democracy, it's just something we've implemented and limited ourselves with. Maybe getting rid of it will provide a better society where people's lives aren't destroyed for downloading an album (for non-commercial purposes!!) while big corporations are protected up the wazoo.

Edited 2011-09-05 22:10 UTC

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