Canadian Politician Pushing For Canadian DMCA Caught Violating Copyright
from the irony? dept
As you may have heard, some Canadian politicians have been trying (despite great opposition) to introduce a Canadian version of the DMCA, claiming that it’s necessary — despite an awful lot of evidence to the contrary. In a fair bit of irony, it turns out that the guy in charge of introducing the legislation, Jim Prentice, also happens to have been caught infringing on the copyright of a song used at an event to mock an opposing politician. You might think this would get him to realize that the copyright issue isn’t as black and white as he seems to assume it is. In the meantime, his opponents have pointed out that this is a pretty good reason he shouldn’t be in charge of copyright laws, but were rebuffed. The whole thing, of course, is rather silly and a bit of “politics as usual.” However, it should make it clear that this issue is a bit more complex than Prentice wants everyone to believe it is. And, with that, he should at least be willing to revisit the question of whether or not such a law would do more harm than good.