Canadian Politicians Make Up Costs Of Piracy Just To Support Push For Stricter Laws

from the ah,-politicians dept

Aren't politicians wonderful? It's no secret that the Big Content lobby has been pushing for much more restrictive copyright laws up in Canada, but it's still fairly stunning to see what they've convinced the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (made up Canadian politicians) to put into a report about piracy issues. Not one to shy away from biasing an entire report with an outlandish (and simply incorrect) title, the committee went with this stunner: "Counterfeiting and Piracy are Theft." That, of course, is simply not true. It may be illegal, but it's quite different than theft -- and no one who says they're the same is ever going to create a reasonable policy concerning the issue. But, then there's the real kicker. The Committee admits that it really has no idea how big a problem this is, admitting that all it has are "at best, very crude estimates." So what does it do? It basically picks a number at random. The committee chose an OECD report from 1998, despite the fact that the OECD itself just came out with a report showing that the real cost of piracy and counterfeiting is much lower. Then, once it had the completely chosen at random $600 billion number, the committee basically says "wow, that's a big number, we'd better pass a bunch of much stricter laws to deal with it." You would think that someone might pause to note that the push for stronger laws is based on a reported (and disputed number) that the same group admits isn't at all accurate -- but that apparently involves holding two thoughts in your head at once.


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    Earl, Jun 22nd, 2007 @ 3:01am

    Canadian Politicians Make Up Costs Of Piracy Just

    No kiddding, am I supposed to be surprise at this revelation. Both industry and Gov are really good at useing scare tactics to vacum more money out od the pockets of taxpayers. You have a leagal right to make a backup of your software, is that piracy? I think not, but the makers of most software do not, and will never give you the abillity to do so, and in their attemt to limit you "owned" copy of their software they are denying you that same right. The only reason that they do that , is so that when the disk gets dammaged or worn out, guess what , you have to spend more monet to buy a new one instead of using the backup copy that you have a legal right to make. The only reason is like all the other power mongers out there "MONEY" period..........

     

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    T.J., Jun 22nd, 2007 @ 4:14am

    Pizza

    Pizza companies are losing an estimated $600 billion from people making their own pizzas at home. Instead of say, making better pizza at more competitive prices, they instead claim they own rights to all pizza everywhere. So let's make pizza that you can't heat in a microwave, then sue customers for still using the microwave, then give lots of pizza to politicians so they pass more pizza restrictive laws. So instead of actually doing anything to help our failing pizza business, all we have done is piss off alot of people.

     

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    Justin, Jun 22nd, 2007 @ 4:51am

    Re: Pizza

    It sounds to me like you're using the buggy whip analogy. While it does make sense to pass some laws regarding copywrite infringement in Canada, this crap about making-up numbers is for the birds. Digital rights is the automobile and the Content Lobby is trying their best to save their beloved buggy whip industry.

     

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    Kevin, Jun 22nd, 2007 @ 6:42am

    re: Pizza

    The pizza analogy is not even the same thing. You are talking about product comparison/shopping, i.e. a consumer can either buy a pizza from Pizza Hut, or buy a Digorno pizza from the store. The consumer has a choice. There is nothing illegal about that. What the government is trying to do is limit the illegal activity regarding piracy of digital content. Two entirely different things.

     

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    Harry, Jun 22nd, 2007 @ 7:22am

    Restrictive copyright laws

    I like Earl's comment. Just what happens to all this software with faulty media? Or software that's authenticity code is lost? Just swept under the rug.

    This, and other legislation like it, shows Harper and the Conservatives will do anything to avoid browning off the U.S. Reminds me of Mulrooney and his dance with Reagan, which resulted in the 'Free Trade' deal, something all Canadians hate. Let's put a dollar figure on that. Hmmmm - how about 600 billion?

     

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    Michael, Jun 22nd, 2007 @ 7:47am

    Whining never solves anything.

    The solution to all this is simple. If you don't like what the industry is doing , don't buy their products. Don't buy CD's or DVD's distributed by any company that has dealings with MPIAA or RIAA, don't go to the theater to watch movies, and for the love of god write or email your local constituents. Its really that simple. I know that this is falling on deaf ears because most people will simply whine about it and do nothing and if you are one of these, you are part of the problem and might as well just move to the US and live amongst the sheep. The only way to stop these criminals is to hit them in the pocketbooks, because its the money they care about, not you, or the industry, or the artists. So PLEASE stand up and fight back! I mean you don't even have to get off your chair and walk to a mailbox anymore! Send emails! DO SOMETHING!

     

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    Tony, Jun 22nd, 2007 @ 8:03am

    Well said..

    I agree... with the above statement...

    You know for all the stuff Techdirt dishes out, they could go on the offensive with it...

    and for all the users that read this, you could go on the offensive...

    If you think about it... thats a hell lot of people!

     

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    glitch, Jun 22nd, 2007 @ 8:28am

    #6's solution is a joke..because of people

    I haven't been to a movie theater since "Ghost"..1988??
    I haven't owned a VCR almost just as long
    The only DVD I have is needed for software [now Linux]
    I only buy used cd's
    Because of ClearChannel/Live Nation, I don't own a radio or attend concerts.

    The entertainment industry is not tramping on anyone's rights. Your right is to pay/buy or not. How much easier can it be ??

    Software ?? I have been using OpenOffice for quite a few years. I will not go to Vista, I am switching to Linux. Maybe you lose a bit of compatibility and ease of use, but it is an acceptable level for me, and not as great as it used to be.

    And to quote the article: "just move to the US and live amongst the sheep". I was born, raised, live and will die in the US. And i am looked at as a crackpot.

     

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    glitch, Jun 22nd, 2007 @ 8:46am

    and i forgot the other point:

    I was born, raised, live and will die in the US.

    And why exactly should I care about Canadians, the EU, the UN, or anyone/anyplace else.

    I am 3rd generation "american". my "roots" are England and Germany. I have no desire to visit either country. I have never applied for a VISA or passport. I live close to Niagra Falls. I've never been compelled to watch a bunch of water falling off of a cliff. But if I were, what exactly is the difference between the US vs the canadian side ???

     

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    Crode, Jun 22nd, 2007 @ 11:56am

    The point is Canadians exist and read websites too :)

    The difference between the 2 countries? Our side is Canadian land. Your side is US land.

     

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    Crode, Jun 22nd, 2007 @ 11:57am

    The point is Canadians exist and read websites too :)

    The difference between the 2 countries? Our side is Canadian land. Your side is US land.

     

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