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The Behind-the-Scenes Campaign To Bring SOPA To Canada 171

Posted by Soulskill
from the sneak-it-in-during-hockey-season dept.
An anonymous reader writes "SOPA may be dead (for now) in the U.S., but lobby groups are likely to intensify their efforts to export SOPA-like rules to other countries. With the Canadian DMCA back on the legislative agenda at the end of the month, Canada will be a prime target for SOPA style rules. In fact, Michael Geist reports that the recording industry wants language to similar to that found in SOPA on blocking access to websites, new termination policies for subscribers, and an expanded SOPA-style liability for sites that could include YouTube and cloud-based services." Another reader points out that similar mischief is afoot in Ireland: "The Irish government's new 'statutory instrument' threatens to do some of the same things as SOPA, mainly introducing the power to force ISPs to block websites suspected of having copyrighted material on them."
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The Behind-the-Scenes Campaign To Bring SOPA To Canada

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  • by roman_mir (125474) on Monday January 23, 2012 @03:55PM (#38796979) Homepage Journal

    Same [slashdot.org] answer [slashdot.org] applies [slashdot.org] every [slashdot.org] time [slashdot.org] abolish copyrights and patents. [slashdot.org]

    Copyrights and patents prevent speech, prevent innovation, prevent progress.

    The only real free market approach to protecting your ideas is a trade secret, that's all. Government must not be allowed to meddle with businesses and protect business models and practices.

    When somebody uses his savings to start a woodshop, as an example, if they fail and business dies out and they are out of their investment, there won't be government standing there with a handout, and it shouldn't be - it's personal risk.

    Same with copyrights and patents - these are government handouts at the expense of the larger free market economy and it makes no sense to protect one type of investment over any other type. Government shouldn't be subsidising any businesses at all ever (banks, insurance companies and Solyndra come to mind).

    Abolish copyrights and patents and check out the link I posted in this comment, it leads to my other comment on the same topic, but it's not my comment that is of interest, it's the response to my comment, with /. readers being vehemently opposed to the idea.

    Why are /. readers opposed to this? Because they think that their business model is more important than a woodshop founder's business model. So the woodshop or a restaurant founder can go eat shit if his business fails (and a woodshop and especially a restaurant is a very location based heavy business, if you are in the wrong location, your business will fail, while on the Internet, businesses have access to near global markets, so there is a huge advantage for the software/book/movie/audio, etc. types of businesses there).

    It's hypocrisy, it's short-sightedness, it's hubris and it shows the true colours (as in character) of the crowd.

  • by CohibaVancouver (864662) on Monday January 23, 2012 @04:35PM (#38797431)
    Sorry to taint a vitriolic stereotype-ridden debate with facts, but the fact is part of the reason lobbying isn't as effective in Canada is we enacted stringent campaign finance reform a number of years ago. ...something the USA woefully needs.

    From http://www.mapleleafweb.com/features/federal-campaign-finance-laws-canada:/ [mapleleafweb.com]

    - Only Canadian citizens and permanent residents may make contributions to registered parties, registered electoral district associations, leadership and nomination contestants of registered parties, and all candidates.

    - Individual contributions to these political participants are limited to a maximum of $1,000 annually (adjusted for inflation).

    - Individuals may also make contributions that do not exceed $1,000 (adjusted for inflation) in total per contest to the leadership contestants of a registered political party. This is an aggregate cap applying to all the contributions given by one individual to all leadership contestants in the same leadership contest.

    - Corporations, trade unions, and other unincorporated associations are prohibited from making contributions to registered parties, registered electoral district associations, leadership and nomination contestants of registered parties, and all candidates.

    Yes, you read that right ONE THOUSAND BUCKS. Makes it pretty tricky to buy your MP.
  • by Anrego (830717) * on Monday January 23, 2012 @05:15PM (#38797903)

    We have a three party system here in Canada (well, you could argue 4 prior to the previous election) and it's not much better.

    Having multiple options is generally useless when they all kind of point in the same general direction.

    The choice generally comes down to who you think is going to be the gentlest once they've got you over the barrel.

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