by Mike Masnick
Fri, Mar 12th 2010 7:50am
jprlk was the first of a few of you to send in the news that the Canadian Booksellers' Association is apparently so afraid of competition from Amazon, that it's asking the government to block the company from building a distribution center north of the border. Apparently, they're relying on some ridiculous rules about "foreign ownership," which is really an excuse to screw Canadian citizens by making things more expensive by limiting competition. The "moral" claim (one we've heard before in other contexts) is that Amazon shouldn't be allowed in Canada because it "won't promote Canadian authors" enough. Of course, the real reason they're afraid is that Amazon will likely be cheaper, which would actually benefit Canadian citizens and authors, by making it easier and cheaper to buy the books of those Canadian authors.
If you liked this post, you may also be interested in...
- FCC Moves To Make Life Easier For Business Broadband Monopolies
- Why Is The Hotel Industry More Focused On Harming Airbnb Than Improving Their Own Product?
- Comcast Belatedly 'Introduces' Faster Broadband To City It Sued To Keep From Doing The Same Thing Years Ago. It Didn't Go Well
- Don't Wait For Google, Netflix Or Facebook's Help If You Want To Save Net Neutrality
- Techdirt Podcast Episode 114: Alexa, Play This Podcast