EU's IP Negotiating Strategy With Canada Leaks: Calls 2009 Copyright Consult a Tactic to Confuse

Michael Geist, Weblog, Jan 19, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I winder whether Europeans know that their name is being used to distort Canadian copyright policy. "The document states that the trade negotiations are a 'unique opportunity [for Canada] to upgrade its IPR regime despite local anti-IPR lobbying.' It includes an assessment of recent copyright reform efforts, noting that two bills have died due to 'political instability.' The document adds that the copyright reform process was revived in 2009 with the national copyright consultation, but notes dismissively it may have been a 'tactic to confuse.'" Well, after that consultation, we're not confused. The consultation showed very clearly that Canadians are not interested in the reforms being proposed, which would render their being enacted a travesty of democracy.
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