Monkey See, Monkey Criminalize
Great, just great.
Canada’s New, Green, Conservative Overlords™ have just rammed down our throats a bill calculated to please the powerful US music industry lobby while criminalizing Canadians.
In Bill C-61 we got all the worst elements of the MPAA's Millenium Digital Copyright Act.
Among the particularly low lowlights of the legislation:
Well that's it then. If this government is so concerned with fellating US industry wonks that it's willing to advance their interests ahead of Canadian music lovers and artists, then I'm going full throttle pirate.
The worst of this is: How are they going to find out? The only thing I can imagine is more-or-less constant electronic surveillance.
From now on I will not buy any music or movies that I can download. it's as simple as that. If they're going to make me a criminal for purchasing and using music, then a criminal I shall be.
All you other criminals out here may want to double-check whether you're violating US--sorry, I mean "Canadian" law by reading this.
To the New Green Conservative Overlords™, their eavesdroppers and stooges, and particularly to the MPAA, the RIAA, and their bootlickers (Jim Prentice et al.):
And Viva the Piratocracy!
I assume that now that pirates can be fined to death for "stealing" music that they've legally purchased, the "Blank Media Levy" tax, introduced to "compensate artists for their losses", will be done away with ...?
Hey, listen to those crickets chirp, eh?
As Wandering Coyote has pointed out, this is not yet the law of the land. But it's the second assault on Canadian copyright freedoms by the Harper government in less than a year. How much more of this crap do we have to put up with?