Rebutting the lobbyists for US-style copyrights in Canada

In this great, short video, Michael Geist systematically rebuts the oft-repeated claims of the Canadian lobby for US-style copyrights -- claims about Canada's supposedly backwards copyright regime, lack of creativity, and so on. It's nice to have all the rebuttals in one neat, tidy bundle. Link


  1. I listened to it and took a few notes. I don’t pretend to know anything about Canadian copyright law, or how it’s transforming. But I listened to Geist speak and I heard issues addressed, but I did not hear any specific answers given. He said that real counterfeiters have to be punished, but what does that mean? Is Canada going to go after China?

  2. It means that Canada should (and does) support international efforts to curb counterfeiting of creative works.

    It also means that Canada should not (and so far does not) support the efforts of cartels in the U.S. to criminalize Canadians and Americans who have (always legally) copied creative works for fair use (personal, archival, critiquing, scholarly etc.)

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