p2pnet view P2P | Freedom | Entertainment | Music | Movies | Politics:- Looks like there is going to be an old-time dog fight during this upcoming election in Canada. On one side you have the Conservatives, which are apparently in the pockets of Big Content and Bell/Rogers, as they want everything on the dream list from their draconian copyright masters.
Digital locks, usage based billing, throttling, web censorship, and they are also strong supporters of the new iPod levy on digital objects that play digital files. They are also willing to give some leeway on Net Neutrality as long as ISPs comply with some simple rules. Retain everything on everyone for no less than 180 days, “for law enforcement purposes”. Ya, right, and I also write articles for Forbes… The data retention caveat is primarily to appease the demands of the MAFIAA in order to begin exploiting their customers in the courts. As near as I can tell, not being Canadian, is that Canada has the closest balance between consumers and content providers in the known world.
Note that I did not call Canadian Copyright balanced, but the closest balance I have seen in the free world. Similar to Spain and Denmark (which both are about to change rapidly, and will no longer be examples), Canada has some of the last vestiges of consumer friendly snippets in its’ copyright regime that few other countries enjoy. And yet, year after year, the MAFIAA places Canada on the Special 301 report, mainly because they refuse to bow to the cartel’s demands – digital locks, iPod levies and data retention for civil prosecution. I thought I would never type that headline, but in the face of overwhelming lobbying by the MAFIAA, Telcos, ISPs, content providers, and the aging musicians, anytime the public themselves gets and inch back from the draconian copyright cartels, it has to be considered a win. With the elections looming, the parties have put their cards on the table…
- want anti-spam legislation, which is good
- defended the fair dealing reform of C-32
- pressured the CRTC to reconsider Usage Based Billing (UBB)
- refused to budge on the digital locks provision, including electronic device levies
- want steadfast lawful access legislation requiring ISPs to retain data on its’ customers, “for law enforcement purposes”. More like the first step in facilitating copyright infringement lawsuits similar to the ones we have here in the United States, the “pay-up-or-else” business model
- mostly want to just sweep this under the carpet until after the election
After protestors to the Digital Economy Strategy compiled over 300,000 signatures in protest, the National Democratic Party (NDP) took notice, and modified their platform accordingly…
The NDP want:
- enshrinement of “Net Neutrality”, forcing ISPs to be “dumb pipes”, and nothing more
- to end price gouging and net throttling by prohibiting Usage Based Billing, with clear rules for ISPs that will be enforced by the CRTC
- introduction of a bill for copyright reform to review Canada’s stance concerning international obligations, while balancing consumer and creator rights
- to rescind the 2006 Conservative industry-orientated directives, and require the CRTC regulator stand up for public interests, and not just Big Content and the telecommunications industries (namely Bell/Rogers)
So, it looks like there is going to be copyright reform in Canada, whether Canada wants it or not. The question remains, will the Canadian people stand up for whats right?
It seems they already have with the massive protests concerning C-32 and all the publicity it has created. Dr. Michael Geist does an impressive job of keeping the public on Canada informed concerning copyright issues, and you should really read his blog if you are Canadian, and even if your not Canadian, it gives you very good insight in how the MAFIAA is attempting to subvert governments all over the world to their demands.
What it looks like to me is the NDP is pro-consumer, while the Conservatives are pro-MAFIAA. A rather oversimplification I realize, but it is not hard to see where loyalties lie in reading the Digital Economy Platform for each party. So the question remains; will Canadians vote in the NDP and potentially get some consumer friendly legislation out of the deal, or will Canadians vote for the Conservative party, that apparently wants to serve up Canadian citizens to the MAFIAA as hors d’œuvres?
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