Politics

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
canada, copyright, dmca, jim prentice



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.

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    Liam, 28 Feb 2008 @ 4:25am

    but as usual with politics, he will avoid this and talk it away to continue with his agenda of pleasing the big companies with the money.

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      Anonymous Coward, 28 Feb 2008 @ 5:26am

      Re:

      I wish we could have even just one politician whose interest was the public good, but I don't think they'd make it.

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        Anonymous Coward, 28 Feb 2008 @ 9:01am

        Re: Re:

        "I wish we could have even just one politician whose interest was the public good, but I don't think they'd make it."

        We do have at least 1. His name is Ron Paul, and a quick google or youtube search will show that he is indeed running for president, raised lots of money, and was almost never seen on TV.

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    Nelson, 28 Feb 2008 @ 6:21am

    Ha Ha

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    Michael Sherrin (profile), 28 Feb 2008 @ 6:59am

    Just shocking

    Did this guy plagiarize any speeches recently? We should check that out too. You never know what skeletons someone can have in their closet.

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    Iron Chef, 28 Feb 2008 @ 7:17am

    That worked out well, didn't it?

    He wins the prize. Still deciding what it is... But he wins it. I think it's a free vacuuming of my house.

    Congratulations, come get your prize.

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    John, 28 Feb 2008 @ 8:44am

    You're Using Logic

    The problem I have with Politics, is that it's NOT about Logice. If it were, then YES, the Canadian Politician would re-evaluate his stance.
    But that's the problem, Politics is governed by A) emotion B) Lobbyists, money, greed, etc. C) Party pressure and D) what they THINK their constituents want.

    I read a study where they recorded the electrical activity in the brains of people engaging in political debates, now mind you they weren't legislators, but they were suppose to be debating real political issues... the regions MOST active in their brains were Emotional centers..not Logic.

    Lastly, I assume Canada is a lot like us (try 99.999%) so I'm sure if he DID reconsider his position, he'd get torn up in the media and by his opponents for supposedly "waffling" -- which I think is nonsense.

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    Liquid, 28 Feb 2008 @ 10:23am

    Welp

    Aint that the pot calling the kettle black... Gets caught doing then wants to make sure that no one else does it what a douche...

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    mmickk, 29 Feb 2008 @ 6:18am

    He cant rethink it or change direction...he might have to give the money back

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