RCMP helps mis-named Anti-Counterfeiting Network in propaganda campaign

Please see the Government of Canada press release: A Cross-Canada Educational Initiative to Raise Awareness and Combat Product Counterfeiting and Copyright Piracy.

The Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network (CACN) is a lobby group with an extremely biased special interest opinion on this area of policy. The entertainment lobby (entertainment software, movies, music) are carrying out a misinformation campaign trying to equate non-profit illegal knowledge sharing by citizens, commercial copyright infringement (piracy) and counterfeiting -- policy areas that are quite distinct, and cannot be rationally merged. Given this, they will be incapable of carrying out an educational roll, as necessary as we all agree this education is.

Copyright lobby to IT sector: It’s all your fault! In some cases it is.

In todays contribution to IT World Canada's BLOG I discuss that while copyright holders already have the legal tools to sue people in Canada infringing copyright, statements made this week by a relatively large number of organizations from the Copyright lobby have named their real target: the IT sector. They are lobbying to make changes to Canadian law to make the providers of IT products and services more liable for the activities of their customers.

MPAA caught infringing copyright

A Bit-tech article by Phil Cogar documents the latest copyright infringement accusation against the self-called pro-Copyright lobby group MPAA. Seems typical of some of these industry associations that they want their copyright to be protected, but don't respect the copyright of others.

Articles and letters in Hill Times on Copyright.

The Hill Times had a letter to the editor and 2 articles on copyright in this week's hill times. Howard Knopf is the author of one and he has published it and a comment on the second article on his BLOG. There was a group of 12 incumbent copyright industry lobbiests who published their article on the CRIA website.

I wrote my own letter to the editor which may appear in next weeks issue which, among other things, refutes the IDC studies -- first the study that under-estimates the use of FLOSS, as well as the derivative study over-estimates the amount of software copyright infringement (The BSA commissioned study the Dire Dozen reference).

Wired: I Was a Hacker for the MPAA

David Kravets of Wired Magazine has an article on a "Hacker" hired by the MPAA to do various things for them.

Anderson's account shows that the content industry may be willing to go to significant -- and some say ethically questionable -- lengths in its war against online piracy, and that it is determined to keep its methods secret.

Canadian Heritage Copyright Policy Rocked By Conflict of Interest Concerns

When I read the article in the Hill Times I was curious about whether Patricia Neri, the Director General of Copyright Policy at Canadian Heritage, was removed for doing something improper. Michael Geist has confirmed that the issue is conflict of interest.

While I happen to believe that since Heritage funds a tiny subset of creators who are regulated by copyright that the entire department is in a form of conflict of interest (regulatory capture), in this case it appears to be a personal relationship with Douglas Frith (Past Liberal MP, current president of the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association).

US box office better than ever

The BBC reports that 2007 marks the first time that US summer box office takings surpassed the $4bn mark.

Presumably they'll stop pressing for more legislative changes in their favour now, then, and we'll stop hearing all the press reports about how much "piracy" hurts them.

Kids justify illegal downloads, study finds

A Reuters article states the obvious: like their parents and the rest of society, kids justify things they do which they think might be "wrong" but do it anyway.

My comment:

I find these types of surveys frustrating. I suspect that just like the invalid statistics from the BSA/RIAA/MPAA, this study didn't take into account the differences between perfectly legal authorized downloading/sharing and unauthorized downloading/sharing.

RIAA/MPAA not only questionable types abusing copyright...

A Register article by Lester Haines speaks about a group of US cons who attempted to use a copyright-based prison break.

The cons probably thought that if the recording and motion picture industry can get away with what they are doing (abusing the legal system to extort money from people without evidence of wrongdoing, abuse the law to circumvent the tangible property and other rights of citizens, etc), that maybe the same laws could be abused by them to get out of prison.

Geist: Putting Canadian "Piracy" in Perspective

A video from Michael Geist and Daniel Albahary that puts the industry claims in perspective. Please write a letter to your MP and future candidates to ensure that they are aware of this issue.

Vote for it on CBC's Exposure.

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