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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The problem
by Soulbender on Mon 5th Sep 2011 22:40 UTC
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is not that the US asserts pressure. What did you expect? The problem is that all these dealings takes place under the table and the citizens know nothing about it. It's not like we're talking about national secrets here so the only reason it's secret is because they're unethical dealings that sidesteps the normal processes of democracy. Whatever you may think of wikileaks otherwise, leaking this kind of stuff is a good thing. Well, not for the corrupted officials and companies who make a killing on it but really, who the hell feels sorry for them?

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