Canadian Politician Secretly Asked US To Ramp Up Diplomatic Pressure To Pass Draconian Anti-Consumer Copyright Law

from the selling-out-your-own-citizens dept

Michael Geist recently wrote about some more leaked State Department cables concerning copyright policy in a foreign country -- this time in his home country of Canada, where, as we've seen pretty much everywhere else, when it comes to copyright policy, everything shows the close handiwork of American interests. In fact, one cable Geist highlights concerns a Canadian politician promising US diplomats that they can see a copy of the copyright reform proposal before it's even introduced in Parliament. Even more ridiculous is the fact that a Canadian bureaucrat, Zoe Addington, then the director of policy for Industry Minister Tony Clement, flat out told the Americans that some in the Canadian government wanted the US to put Canada on its "naughty list" of pirate havens (better known as the "Special 301" list), claiming that such a designation would be helpful in ramming through draconian anti-consumer copyright laws. Pretty hard for Canadian politicians to continue to insist that its copyright reform efforts are not "made in America" when you see a story like this.

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    Michael, 8 Sep 2011 @ 3:47am

    Only the beginning...

    Tony Clement is one heck of a guy, he took $50 million that was supposed to go towards border security and spent it to fix up his riding just before the last election, Our Prime Minister is pushing through 3 bills to remove the need for warrants to spy on Canadians internet activity and force ISP's to store data for 90 day ( Bills C50 through C51) and in general the fed government here uses deception to push through all manner of ridiculous things. They are reviving a post 9/11 law that lets people be detained without ANY charges or recourse if they claim its a terrorist investigation (the RCMP have NEVER used the law) but they claim its desperately needed. Canada is becoming a partisan craphole really quickly, so they can do what ever they want and just sling mud and distract, kind of like in the US.

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