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Canadian law - not so good?

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Date: Jun 12, 2007 - 08:30 AM
Michael Geist looks at Canada's new piracy law and the major involvement of movie studios and lobbyists in drafting it:

While the press conference had a few uncomfortable moments ? Oda was forced to admit that the government had not conducted any independent research on the scope of the movie piracy problem and she implausibly told reporters that public pressure from U.S. politicians such as California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and U.S. ambassador to Canada David Wilkins had nothing to do with the new bill ? the intended storyline was of ministers pleased to support the film industry and of an industry grateful for government action.

As with any Hollywood production, however, not everything took place while the cameras were rolling. According to documents obtained under the Access to Information Act and reported here for the first time, Oda held a private meeting in Ottawa with Canadian Motion Pictures Distributors Association president Douglas Frith one year earlier, at which Frith provided the government with draft legislation ? legislation that the lobby group itself had crafted ? that likely served as the basis for what is now Bill C-59.
Canada - sold out from under its citizens.

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