Canadian Politician Claims That Ripping A CD To Your iPod Is Like Buying Socks & Stealing Shoes To Go With Them

from the these-people-don't-belong-in-gov't dept

Via Michael Geist, we learn that Canadian Member of Parliament Dean Del Mastro, as part of the debate over copyright reform in Canada, is arguing fervently (and mockingly) against the right to format shift legally purchased music, say, from a CD to your digital music player. Specifically, he argues that format shifting is no different than buying one thing and then stealing a completely different product:
It's like going to a clothing store and buying a pair of socks, and going back and saying 'By the way, it wasn't socks I needed, what I really wanted was shoes, so I'm just going to take these -- I'm going to 'format shift' from socks to shoes -- and I'm not going to pay anything because it was all for my feet.'"
I wouldn't believe it myself if there wasn't video:

It's scary that people so clueless about the basics of what they're discussing not only get elected, but then presume to make new laws based on their gleefully on-display cluelessness. No one is asking people to give up a totally unrelated product. They're just saying that they quite frequently already do make use of a legally purchased good in a different context, and that should be legal. It's like saying that they buy socks, and sometimes they like to make hand puppets out of them. In the ridiculous world of MP Dean Del Mastro, such a "format shift" would require a different purchase. People like that should have no business legislating.

Filed Under: canada, copyright reform, dean del mastro, format shifting

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    bigpicture, 17 May 2012 @ 4:51pm


    There should be a law that if any politician shows any signs of mental incompetence they can be impeached. Put into the big House and Warranty voided.

    Since they are supposed to be Public Servants, they should be subject to Class Action Suits, for dereliction of duty and misrepresenting Public interest. Out with these self serving bums. Where is the Pirate Party?

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