Entertainment Industry Lobbyists Don't Want To Let Canada Into Secret TPP Negotiations Until Canada Passes More Bad Laws

from the crazy-town dept

We've discussed, at length, the ridiculousness of the Trans-Pacific Partnership -- the international trade agreement that is the "son of ACTA" and seeks to push through (in secret, of course) plenty of the things that were cut out of ACTA. It's a horrible agreement, which is still being negotiated in secret. Apparently, Canada recently sought to join the conversation of the TPP... but the US legacy entertainment industry lobbyists are trying to deny Canada's entry into the discussions (even though most other participants welcome Canada), until Canada goes even further to pass draconian copyright laws, as prescribed by Hollywood.
The IIPA, which represents the major movie, music, and software lobby associations, points to copyright reform and new border measures as evidence of the need for Canadian reforms and states "we urge the U.S. government to use Canada’s expression of interest in the TPP negotiations as an opportunity to resolve these longstanding concerns about IPR standards and enforcement."
In other words, don't let Canada join, unless it passes these horrible laws we've been demanding for years, and which the Canadian public is clearly against. If I were in the Canadian government, it seems like this is a pretty good reason to say "good riddance"... or, hell, maybe even to cut back on ridiculous copyright laws to something more reasonable, just to show that it can be done... and then to watch the industry in Canada thrive.

Filed Under: canada, copyright, lobbyists, tpp


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    Robert (profile), 17 Jan 2012 @ 8:21am

    If you were the Canadian Government?

    "If I were the Canadian Government" - Mike, if you were, you'd be touting how 'clean' the tarsands are, how we need to beat everyone into submission, how even the government providing a budget is proof of transparency, how funding for election campaigns should not be through tax dollars [ talk about admitting you get funding from corporations ], and how free speech doesn't exist.

    If you were the current Canadian Government, you'd be on Hollywood's side, not the Canadian People's side (kinda like the current US government is on the side of any lobbyist and not the American People's side).

    In fact, if you were actually a member of the Canadian Government, with your current views, you would have been dismissed a LONG time ago. Our government silences anyone who dissents against it, much like the US government tries to (but freely proclaims otherwise - right Mrs Clinton???).

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