Business Coalition Opposes Harsh Copyright Reform

CBC, Feb 14, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

A huge coalition of Canadian businesses has banded together to oppose the harsh copyright reforms being considered by the government. The CBC calls it "A who's who of powerful companies and business associations." The coalition includes "Google, Yahoo, Rogers, Telus, the Canadian Alliance of Broadcasters and the Retail Council of Canada." As others have pointed out, this move completely undermines the idea that businesses are in favour of the copyright reforms in Canada.

Michael Geist, meanwhile, says the legislation may be on hold. "It is impossible to pinpoint any one reason for the delay - the public outcry through Facebook, the treaty issue, the opposition from education, the impact of copyright on some MPs electoral chances, the privacy concerns, the outcry from artists groups, the op-eds, and the creation of a powerful business coalition calling for balanced copyright may have all played a role." Oh, and hey, maybe the opposition from this place.
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