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Tories Move to Block Network TV Charges or Interfere in Their Prized “Free Market”.

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Globe and Mail: Isn’t it strange how quickly the Tories jump in to ensure the consumer doesn’t associate their party with any sort of new television fees with a potential fall election loaming yet seem to cling to their ridiculous belief in their version of a “free market” system.

Why is the CRTC even involved. Let the free market work it out. That seems to be the Tory mantra when corporations have the upper hand. Turn the tables in favour of the consumer and all of a sudden their needs to be hearings and legislative measures to address the problem.

Since the CRTC relaxed Canadian spending and content requirements in 1999, Canadian drama has all but disappeared as private broadcasters steadily increased their consumption of U.S. series. In 2000, English-language private conventional broadcasters spent $422.3 million on foreign/U.S. programming. By 2008 they were spending 61% more on foreign programming than on Canadian – a record $739.7 million on American shows. – ACTRA

Canadian RE-broadcasting system is a joke. The networks spend nearly a BILLION dollars on US programming yet they can’t seem to find the “cents” they cry they need to save their failing business models.

I wonder what the Tories are attempting to morph into these days?

Mr. “No Coalition” Harper sure changes his tune about coalitions when he needs those Separatists to survive. I guess coalitions are only bad for Canada when they involve Liberals and New Democrats.

What an unbelievable, interventionist, HYPOCRITE! Free markets my ass!

UPDATE: Canada’s own Post Turtle survives a Confidence Vote with the support of the socialists and separatists! What’s a Post Turtle you ask?

From Globe and Mail comment:

While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old rancher, who’s hand was caught in the gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually, the topic got around to Ignatieff and his bid to be the PM of Canada.

The old rancher said, ‘Well, ya know, he’s a ‘Post Turtle”. Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a ‘post turtle’ was.
The old rancher said, ‘When you’re driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that’s a ‘post turtle’.

The old rancher saw the puzzled look on the doctor’s face so he continued to explain.
. . . ‘You know he didn’t get up there by himself, he doesn’t belong up there, and he doesn’t know what to do while he’s up there, and you just wonder what kind of dumb ass put him up there to begin with’.

Written by mattliving

September 18, 2009 at 9:06 am

Conference Board of Canada’s Copyright Report Plagiarized U.S. Lobbyist’s Report

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piratesflagsMichael Geist: The Conference Board of Canada bills itself as “the foremost, independent, not-for-profit applied research organization in Canada. Objective and non-partisan. We do not lobby for specific interests.” These claims should take a major hit based on last week’s release of a deceptive, plagiarized report on the digital economy that copied text from the International Intellectual Property Alliance (the primary movie, music, and software lobby in the U.S.), at times without full attribution. The report itself was funded by copyright lobby groups (U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network, Copyright Collective of Canada which represents U.S. film production) along with the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. The role of the Ontario government obviously raises questions about taxpayer dollars being used to pay for a report that simply recycles the language of a U.S. lobby group paper.

Start with the press release promoting the study, titled “Canada Seen as the File Swapping Capital of the World” which claims:

As a result of lax regulation and enforcement, internet piracy appears to be on the increase in Canada. The estimated number of illicit downloads (1.3 billion) is 65 times higher than the number legal downloads (20 million), mirroring the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s conclusion that Canada has the highest per capita incidence of unauthorized file-swapping in the world.

bspcommentThis was NO accident! It seems to me that Harper and his party of has been Neocons have quite clearly sided with the U.S. movie, music and entertianment industries on the issue of copyright reform, including fair-use and the continued entranchment of corporate rights over individual rights with respect to intellectual property and copyright.

And this isn’t the first time a Canadian thinktank, lobbyist or government official has been caught bending the  truth in order to make the facts fit the reality they need to push their legislative agenda.

Misleading RCMP data: Yet despite the reliance on this figure – the Industry Committee referenced it in its final report – a closer examination reveals that the RCMP data is fatally flawed. Responding to an Access to Information Act request for the sources behind the $30 billion claim, Canada’s national police force last week admitted that the figures were based on “open source documents found on the Internet.” In other words, the RCMP did not conduct any independent research on the scope or impact of counterfeiting in Canada, but rather merely searched for news stories on the Internet and then stood silent while lobby groups trumpeted the figure before Parliament.

It’s time for the government to come clean with it’s plans for implementing the ACTA and other proposed copyright “reform” measures and let the debate and reform of the legislation happen in the complete light of day and in full public view. We have seen the devastating effects when industries as large as the entertainment industry are allowed to “self-regulate” and have a heavy hand in writing legislative solutions to save their dying business models.

Written by mattliving

May 27, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Bill Hicks – It’s Just A Ride.

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Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream…

Bill Hicks (1961-1994) | Bill Hicks on YouTube | Bill Hicks Website

Written by mattliving

February 15, 2009 at 11:54 pm

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CRTC Considers Capping U.S. Program Spending. Finally!

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ravingrabbidsGlobe and Mail: In a move that would reshape prime time television, the federal broadcast regulator is considering placing a cap on how much the country’s biggest TV networks can spend to acquire hit U.S. shows, such as Grey’s Anatomy, The Office and House.

The proposal, which came as a shock to network executives yesterday, would require CTV, Global, CITY-TV and others to spend the same amount on Canadian programming as they do on U.S. shows. For every $1 spent on programs from outside the country, a dollar would have to be spent at home creating a domestic show.

The announcement by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission comes just days after new federal data showed the networks spent a record $775-million on foreign programming last year, with most of that content coming from major Hollywood studios.

bspcommentFinally the CRTC is waking up to the fact that Canadian networks only pay lip service to their Canadian content requirements. Not that there aren’t some good Canadian shows. It’s just that shitty Canadian programming is the core programming that Canadian broadcasters use to try and convince the CRTC that they are living up to their licencing obligations.

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February 14, 2009 at 11:52 pm

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Amazing Split Body Illusion

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February 8, 2009 at 7:42 pm

Posted in Entertainment, Video