Howard Knopf‘s article in The Hill Times outlines what proposed changes to Canada’s copyright law will do to Canadians (screw them over), and why, despite Canada already having stronger copyright law than America, it’s going to happen.
This is happening mostly because of a lot of spin and propaganda from the U.S. Ambassador to Canada, David Wilkins, as well as the considerable efforts of Canadian lobbyists such as Graham Henderson, president of the Canadian Recording Industry Association, which is the Canadian arm of the RIAA. Important Canadian â€œindiesâ€ such as Nettwerk have left CRIA, and disagree with its desire to sue fans and families. Nettwerk is a leading label that produces the Barenaked Ladies, Avril Lavigne, and Sarah McLachlan.
The ambassador was quoted by Deirdre McMurdy on Nov. 16 in The Ottawa Citizen as saying that Canada is known for having the weakest copyright protection in the G8.â€ That is not only ridiculous. It is false and misleading.
First, the G8 includes Russia. Enough said.