Wikileaks Cables Show Massive U.S. Effort to Establish Canadian DMCA

Michael Geist, Apr 29, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Michael Geist sums up what we kinda knew: "Wikileaks has released dozens of new U.S. cables that demonstrate years of behind the scenes lobbying by U.S. government officials to pressure Canada into implementing a Canadian DMCA. The cables include confirmation that Prime Minister Harper personally promised U.S. President George Bush at the SPP summit in Montebello, Quebec in 2008 that Canada would pass copyright legislation... In fact, cables even reveal Canadian officials encouraging the U.S. to maintain the pressure and disclosing confidential information." To date, the only thing blocking US-style DMCA legislation in Canada is public pressure during an era of minority governments.
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