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16 June 2008

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:

  • Border guards can now "inspect" your iPod or laptop without cause

  • It becomes a crime to rip legally-purchased content to any device

  • It's now illegal to crack "Digital Rights Management" (crippleware) tools


  • 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.):

    £µ©λ you.

    And Viva the Piratocracy!


    Addendum:
    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?

    Addendum II:
    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?

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    8 Comments:

    At 10:23 AM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

    This is such a bad, ludicrous bill. It hasn't passed yet, though, but nice of them to announce it before parliament goes on extended summer holiday, which actually means late spring, summer, and fall holidays. Uh-huh. I can't tell you how intrusive and stupid I feel it is to make it illegal to rip a CD I purchased fair and square onto my own computer to listen to! That's why I buy CDs to begin with. This bill is essentially making it a crime to use your own media devices. It's absurd.

     
    At 12:07 PM, Blogger Metro said...

    Actually, it's passed. From the first article I linked to:
    The heart of the bill, however, remained largely unchanged since satisfying U.S. pressure remained priority number one. Just after 11:00 a.m. last Thursday, the U.S. got its Canadian copyright bill.

     
    At 12:33 PM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

    I read the article. I think that sentence is referring to the announcement Jim Prentice made, not the passing of the bill.

    I've just emailed my go-to person for these things about it, and am awaiting a response.

    I don't know if you ever read Garth Turner's blog, but he had an interesting thing to say about the announcement. Here. I thought this was particularly ridiculous.

     
    At 1:36 PM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

    Hey Metro,

    OK, this is a direct quote from an email from my friend Jesse Hirsh, who is one of CBC's tech experts. He was on Newsworld twice last week talking about this bill.

    "The Bill passed first reading, but has not been passed into law. :)

    The significance of it passing first reading is that it now cannot be altered or questioned by committees. However it is indeed not yet law."

    I just hope that when it passes the next readings, the MPs will take into consideration all the hooplah the votership is raising over this issue. Is this a democracy or not????

     
    At 1:51 PM, Blogger Metro said...

    Hi WC:
    Just came back from re-reading, and even the National Post hates this.

    However, you're right. It passed first reading but isn't yet law.

    I wonder whether this is another example of legislation Harper wants defeated so that he can tell his masters that them damn lib'ruls made him stop, and won't they give some more money?

     
    At 7:16 AM, Blogger Pugs said...

    That's why whenever I buy a CD I pass it around the office like a hooker at a bachelor party so everyone can load it. I think it's BS that you can't even listen to shit you buy on your iPod...

     
    At 7:36 PM, Blogger Slave to the dogs said...

    Not only are these premises bad, they are expensive to enforce. Will they actually be enforced, do you think? As a border guard with much better things to do I'd scoff.

     
    At 12:31 PM, Blogger Metro said...

    Hell, they seem unable to control the flood of handguns coming up this way. I don't see how they can stop me bringing a song across.

     

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