Canada Introduces New Copyright Bill

Michael Geist, Jun 21, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I am off to the SeaChange conference in Saint John this afternoon where the topic of discussion will be governance and society. While rubbing shoulders with our society's self-proclaimed leaders I will be pondering the wandering (and withering) future of democracy in this country and elsewhere. The latest exhibit is the blatant and undemocratic influence wielded by the commercial content industry. Canada's new copyright bill, as described in this article, demonstrates little (if any) concern for the public at large (which Geist describes as "the biggest loser" in this legislation). It is a pointless piece of legislation, designed to protect a dying industry through a continued erosion of our rights and freedoms.
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