I don't know if I would call his girlfriend an asshole for not protecting her boyfriend who beats her up in this particular case, but yeah, they have to have permission to search your place from someone who lives there. I would have naturally assumed they could search the place under these conditions.
They need to whoever is actually residing at the place tell them they can search your shared place. It's pretty ridiculous to say that an abused girlfriend doesn't have the authority to let the cops into her house her boyfriend said he doesn't want her to let them in.
Sounds like your memory is flawed. No one ever asked for stupidity. There may have been some pointing out that putting people in jail without evidence of actual wrongdoing may have been stupid.. There may have been some pointing out that it was a stupid idea and wasn't working. There may have been some pointing out that the way they are measuring the impact of piracy is smoke and mirrors with no substance.. but no one asked to pile on more idiocy based on speculation and lies.. It's always been requests for honesty and actual analysis of what we know.
However, having your internet cut off on an "guilty until proven innocent" basis is better than going to jail on that basis imho.. So I guess it's a step forward? It's hard to tell, I think the stepper is drunk.
Re: OK, so there is/was s a Canadian tax on blank media..
Nope. We have anti circumvention here now as well (C-32), We can't legally decrypt anything. If there are any other horrible laws that the US hasn't forced on us yet, we will have them as well soon. The Media tax was intended as a cash grab and resulted in being nothing. The epic result of that tax is that we now labels that say "data CD" and "music CD" and no one buys the music ones.
Are you kidding me? I got a zune as a prize and I couldn't for the life of me get past microsoft's DRM even just to get files onto the damn thing.. How complicated does it have to be to load an mp3 file on a mp3 player? The fact that I don't run windows made it basically a paperweight and I ended up giving it away unused.