Copyright and the Right

Michael Geist, Weblog, Jan 23, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

It's interesting that on copyright issues I have more affinity with the views expressed on the right of the political spectrum than on the left. As the National Post says, "Governments should not be in the business of propping up outdated business models, nor of blocking legitimate speech." How ironic, then, that legislation in Canada represents a sweeping intervention into the marketplace. "The government message to business is clear: with digital locks you get all your copyright rights plus you get to override consumer rights such as fair dealing, time shifting, or making backup copies."
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