Once Again, Entertainment Industry Looks To Force Massive Copyright Changes Via Int'l Treaties
from the how-the-game-is-played dept
By now you should know that one of the entertainment industry’s favorite tools for forcing ever more draconian copyright laws around the world is to use international treaties. Such treaties are not put together by elected officials, but appointed diplomats, often with tremendous input (to the point of allowing them to write the details) from industries that are protected. Then, once those treaties are in place, copyright maximalists just get to sit back and say “but we must make our copyright laws stronger if we ever expect to live up to our international obligations…” The latest such attempt is the infamous ACTA bill, which the entertainment industry has had a heavy hand in crafting — but the public is told that the treaty negotiations are matters of national security and cannot be revealed. Uh huh.
Apparently, in a recent “Working Group” on intellectual property issues in Washington DC, one area of “concern” is Canadian copyright law — because Canada appears to be one country where (thank you Michael Geist!) the public has been galvanized to speak up and explain that copyight law is a deal between the public and content creators, and the public shouldn’t be ignored in the process. But, no worries. Apparently, one lobbyist said that perhaps the best way to deal with those rebellious Canadians thinking for themselves is just to use ACTA to force Canada to implement its own DMCA-like law, something that Canada has (thankfully) rejected in the past few years. So here we go again…