Thursday, April 30th, 2009
Canada… so ‘notorious’. We’re, like, superbad. That should put a spur in Harper’s saddle to jam the international ACTA treaty (or a home-cloned version of the US’s Digital Millenium Act) through the parliament and into law. I don’t know why Obama would be so hard on him though – it’s not as though the Conservatives haven’t been trying. Isn’t it a bit disturbing to think guards are going to be pawing over or imaging the contents of your USB memory sticks and iPods at the border to make sure you’re being good if they succeed? At the command of a consortium of media companies? Seems like Noam Chomsky’s analysis of the role of centralized media was right after all.They’ve put us on their blacklist because Canada isn’t controlling the flow of information as effectively as, say, Sweden.
Flashback: Obama Administration Claims Copyright Treaty Involves State Secrets | Latest Round of Closed-Door ACTA Copyright Negotiations Wrap Up | Digital rights groups sue for access to secret ACTA treaty | Transparency needed on ACTA
Paul Koring, Globe and Mail
April 30, 2009
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration added Canada Thursday to a notorious blacklist of countries where Internet piracy flourishes, reflecting a new, tougher line in Washington over the Harper government’s chronic failure to deliver on promises of new copyright laws.
“Canada has never been put on the priority watch list before,” said Stanford McCoy, assistant U.S. trade representative for intellectual property and innovation as he released Washington’s annual report or offenders.