by Mike Masnick

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canada, copyright, lobbyists, tpp

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.

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    Chris-Mouse (profile), 17 Jan 2012 @ 9:36am


    The last three times the government of Canada tried to "modernize" the copyright laws in Canada, the laws were put on hold until they died. Each time it was because the copyright changes threatened to become an election issue that would hurt the government badly.
    The Conservative party (more or less equivalent to the Republicans in the USA) won a majority government in the election held last year, so I'm expecting another crack at cramming through some horrible copyright laws shortly. with a majority government, getting a bill passed is pretty much guaranteed, and with the ability to put off an election until October 2015, they may hope that Canadians will forget about anything they do now before the next election.

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