Why Is The Canadian Government Paying The Copyright Lobby?
from the seems-like-a-decent-question dept
Michael Geist’s latest column questions why the Canadian government is paying the Creators’ Rights Alliance — an organization that, among other things, lobbies the government on policy issues involving copyright. If it were somehow a small organization whose voice wasn’t getting heard, some might defend it as helping those who don’t have an effective lobbying voice. However, this isn’t a small, struggling organization. It’s especially worrying since we’ve seen repeatedly that lobbying organizations focused on copyrights often don’t actually represent the views of the content creators they claim to represent.
Comments on “Why Is The Canadian Government Paying The Copyright Lobby?”
Governments paying lobbyists?
Does this not seem like a fundamentally wrong way for a government to act — to be paying a lobbying group? If we remove the issue, why not pay any other type of lobbyists? Tobacco, abortion, anything could be plugged in here?
And why, as a Canadian citizen, am I still paying a levy on my blank media (while a little out of date, this answers some questions on this: http://neil.eton.ca/copylevy.shtml)? Makes me so mad… I want to… go… illegally copy some music.
It’s the Canadian government.. They’ll pay for anything.
And the US?
You do pay the same sort of thing in the US