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Canada, what are you doing!?

Post by billflu » Wed Oct 05, 2011 1:22 pm

Canada just signed ACTA which, in effect, extends DMCA rules into Canada. In my opinion this gives too much power to copyright holders.

From the article:
In the United States, for example, the Copyright Act allows for damages of up to $150,000 per infringement.

That is per song downloaded! I know it's difficult to put a cost on an infinitely copy-able medium, but that's a bit steep.

What does everyone else think of this? To me, it looks like the RIAA and MPAA spending millions to lobby the guys in Washington DC.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news ... accord.ars

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Re: Canada, what are you doing!?

Post by dox » Wed Oct 05, 2011 1:37 pm

It's something a bunch of us are trying to fight -- there's an awful lot of Canadian politicians who want to play ball by American rules so it's an uphill battle given our relationship and how much we value it. That said, I will quote Dr. Michael Geist, a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law and also hosts a wonderful blog that leads the way and keeps a lot of us informed and moving forward on this very subject:
Michael Geist wrote:Canada's decision to sign is not surprising given its participation throughout the negotiation process and the flexibility that was built into the agreement. While there are many concerns with ACTA (both procedural and substantive), it is not the agreement the U.S. envisioned when it started the process several years ago.

The signing of the agreement does not mean the agreement is enforceable yet. ACTA stipulates that it takes effect when six countries have deposited instruments of ratification, acceptance, or approval. In other words, most countries must still ratify the agreement (much like the WIPO Internet treaties, signing indicates general approval of an agreement but being bound by the terms requires ratification).
Quoted from: http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/6040/125/

So, we're sliding down a slope but all hope is not yet lost! We have a legacy of holding a "2.0" approach to American standards and I have faith that our people and process will continue to scrutinize and improve this situation while protecting consumers and intellectual property owners alike in a fair way. We've had a different approach from others for a while (like a levy paid on our blank media which is then [allegedly] distributed to copyright owners) and sparking up this kind of awareness coupled with interactivity with our government representatives will hopefully stomp out the outrageous proposed victimization of our populace to further fill corporate pockets.

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Re: Canada, what are you doing!?

Post by justice7ca » Fri Oct 21, 2011 1:43 pm

Canada has a Conservative majority right now. We just ordered the building of $38 Billion worth of warships. We're about to give $9-20 Billion to Lockheed Martin for a bunch of new F35's. There's a huge crime bill going through which extends minimum sentences. They're building many new jails to hold more criminals with the new tougher laws. This DMCA thing is just a drop in the bucket really, I just hope another four years of the Harpenfuhrer don't turn us into a complete police state. So far it hasn't been too bad, time will tell.

Also, Michael Geist really knows what he's talking about, has solid rational opinions and is a great voice for Canadians. Read his blog here: http://www.michaelgeist.ca/
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