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MPAA's Dodd Secretly Lobbied For a Canadian DMCA 79

An anonymous reader writes "The Canadian government is expected to pass copyright reform next week. The bill's anti-circumvention rules are a mirror image of the DMCA, leading many to conclude that the government simply caved to U.S. led lobbying pressure. Now Michael Geist provides the evidence — a secret series of unreported meetings between MPAA head Christopher Dodd and Canada's foreign minister, heritage minister, and a senior industry official, just weeks after the bill was introduced and days before SOPA landed in the U.S."
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MPAA's Dodd Secretly Lobbied For a Canadian DMCA

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  • by chispito ( 1870390 ) on Friday June 15, 2012 @03:21PM (#40338265)
    More than one acronym in a story title is confusing.
  • by John Hasler ( 414242 ) on Friday June 15, 2012 @04:16PM (#40338839) Homepage

    Do you mean that it is exactly like the DMCA including the safe harbor provision, or that it is the DMCA, reversed? Neither seems likely.

  • Re:Criminal (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Loosifur ( 954968 ) on Friday June 15, 2012 @04:33PM (#40339079)

    Well, Chris Dodd was implicated in a lot of sketchy business involving the subprime mortgage stuff. A lot of conflict of interest type things that seem to happen pretty often in Congress. Like he took a bunch of money from Fannie and Freddie, then trumpeted how financially healthy they were, right before they had to be entirely taken over by the Fed. He had some kind of involvement with Countrywide Financial, he had some tie to Bear-Stearns, and there was some flap about the AIG bailout, the details of which I don't recall. But, basically, during his time in Congress he had a lot of ties to a lot of financial institutions that have been under scrutiny for being awful, and he himself has benefited from these ties in ways that look at least a little bit sleazy. Granted, that could describe a lot of Congress, but that's the deal with him in particular. He's been a little bit of a scumbag well before he left Congress, and it's no surprise he remains a bit of a scumbag.

    Honestly, if the Pirate Party could pay off his mortgage, he'd probably scupper the MPAA. The nice thing about people who can be bought is that they can be bought by anyone.

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