Liberal MP McTeague Pushing New IP and Anti-Counterfeiting Caucus

Michael Geist has blogged about Liberal MP Hon. Dan Mcteague (Pickering - Scarborough East)'s proposal to create an "IP and Anti-Counterfeiting Caucus". Part of the proposal is a push for 1996 WIPO treaty ratification which has absolutely nothing to do with Counterfeiting, and everything to do with circumventing the rights of creators, software authors and hardware owners by revoking control by private citizens over the technology used to record, edit and distribute digital creativity.

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you have to be kidding ..

When one person has a secret then it can stay as one. When two people know if it it's not a secret anymore. When you hit three or more people it's free for everyone.

So which part of this didn't humanity get over the coarse of history?

To add, the Internet was given away to the public for free use and sharing or any and all information for the betterment of ALL. Since in it's core code it's not secure, no way in hell or high water can you stop sharing of any type by any means.

The only way you can "slow down" copying of anything is by schemes. This will last till someone figures out how to crack it, break it and copy it.

Wake up, it's called life and it's an inherant part of it. No matter what you do you can't change it.

Translation: Copyrights don't mean squat! ROFL

Senior network and systems analyst

Don't think we are talking about the same thing..

Something being secret, including a trade secret, is a very different concept than copyright. Copyrighted works aren't intended to ever be secret. One of the original ideas was that since money was being made by publishers, that the author should have a say in how this money is made and should get a cut. While Copyright morphed into something entirely different recently (with the intermediaries controlling copyright rather than creators), I still believe that this basic idea should be retained: where money is made, it should be the creator that makes the bulk and chooses business models.

While we agree that 'copy control' technologies can never be effective, this is an entirely different concept than whether "Copyrights don't mean squat" which we do not agree with. Please don't equate the futility of using technology to stop copying (new technology will always make it easier to copy) with copyright.

Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) consultant.