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Downloading Legal in Canada: Copyright Board of Canada?

16-Sep-07 05:53 pm EST Leave a comment Go to comments

Heheh – this is another case of the entertainment industry (or at least Canada’s entertainment industry moguls) tripping over their own arguments.  If, as the above-cited Slashdot article has it right, the very levy that same industry argued 20 years ago (quite passionately too, as I recall) to exact on any blank tape, and subsequently any blank CD sold in Canada is now qualifying as a possible admission that all media can be permissibly copied without further penalty in Canada.  And so now that USB drives and, more importantly, downloads to iPods can’t practically be made subject to that same kind of "per-unit-sold" tax, resulting in millions more unearned dollars ending up in the coffers of signing agents and other vultures, they wanna change the rules.  Again.

When are these fools gonna finally learn that you can’t sue yourself into success and that it’s time to find business models that adapt to changes in technology?  This ridiculous and baffling luddite philosophy they seem to want to pursue – restricting how technology can legally be used to listen to music and video is nothing less than the textbook example of hammering the square peg into the round hole!

Unfortunately, that alone isn’t going to stop this army of idiots from trying to build a legal framework in this country that will do little more than create a horribly unequal game of fat cat-and-mouse with university students "stealing" the music, hoping to never get caught and sued and industry moguls never sharing the love, hunting down anyone found to be running so much as a windows file share detectably on the Internet.

It’s said and, I say again: STOP THE INSANITY!!!

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