It didn't take long for people to see through the bogus astroturfing
site, BalancedCopyrightForCanada.ca, designed to look like a grass roots site in support of the new Canadian DMCA law, Bill C-32. Pretty quickly, people suggested that the site was obviously a front for the big record labels who have been behind the push for a Canadian DMCA for years. The site started hiding some information, but now Michael Geist
points out that the site has finally 'fessed up to the fact that it was funded by the CRIA
, which is really just the RIAA in Canadian clothing. How very grassroots. It also seems noteworthy that on the advisory board
for the site is Richard Owens, the copyright lawyer who, just before the new bill was introduced, got some media attention for his ridiculous attempt to smear the public
for their input during last year's public consultation on copyright reform. Of course, those consultations showed an overwhelming majority
of those who took part were against a ridiculous digital locks/anti-circumvention policy, which is found in the law. It seems downright laughable that a group pretending to be a "grassroots" group would put on its board a guy who went out of his way to mock and discount an actual grassroots effort.