Posts Tagged ‘Copyright’
India was rounding up opposition to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and that it wanted to stop the deal from being made outside of existing international institutions. This week, it made good on its promise to object.
The new standards envisioned by ACTA “could short-change legal process, impede legitimate competition and shift the escalated costs of enforcing private commercial rights to governments, consumers and taxpayers,“ said an Indian representative at the World Trade Organization. “They also represent a systemic threat to the rights of legitimate traders and producers of goods, and fundamental rights of due process of individuals.” (arstechnica)
Thank you India for finally revealing the true purpose of ACTA.
ACTA corporate and media participants will give up almost everything else wrong with ACTA if they can shift the burden of enforcement onto the shoulders of government (you). Not only do they want to completely control who does what at any given moment with their copyrighted material but they want the your government to enforce their copyrights using your tax dollars!
Michael 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.
This 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.