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 zima on Sun 11th Sep 2011 18:47 UTC in reply to "It is really sad."
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Copyright laws have been in place for a very long time. Along with many other concepts such as patents, and trademarks and other legal issues such at deeds and marriage certificates and money

You could be more forthcoming with how you live in a fantasy world...

Copyright has been really around for less than a century, for most of human population. Copyright with ridiculously overblown terms, less than the timespan of an average human life.
That's a blink of an eye in terms of our civilisation. You don't really even mentally differentiate between, say, ancient Mediterranean in 300 vs 200 BC.
(similar with patents or trademarks; and BTW, historically, <em>every</em> upcoming technological powerhouse ignored "intellectual property" rules of its time ...only after establishing itself on the world stage, they tried to push such limitations on possible future competition;
rules governing marriage and money also greatly changing over time)

We're still in a time when this <em>insanely recent</em> concept sways one way or the other; far before its stabilisation. And with a generation who largely understands the web, who grew up on it, coming of age and into politics in a decade or two.

Edited 2011-09-11 18:50 UTC

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