US lobbyist: Canadians would get US government infrastructure contracts if it adopted US copyright laws

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23 Responses to “US lobbyist: Canadians would get US government infrastructure contracts if it adopted US copyright laws”

  1. Laurel L. Russwurm says:

    Canada is an independent country. We have our own currency, our own laws, our own culture, even our own stamps. We may not be as big and powerful as our neighbor to the south, but we can still make our own decisions. (Which hopefully our government HAS learned from dreadful mistakes like the AVRO Arrow)

    Before telling Canadians what WE should do, maybe the American Government might consider informing their own constituents (not to mention their woefully uninformed elected representatives) what is actually going on in ACTA negotiations.

    I have no problem with “Buy American” or “Buy Canadian” initiatives. Before buying from distant shores it makes economic (AND environmental) sense to first shop at home.

    ACTA is a copyright initiative that the American media giants are pushing on ALL global governments… including their own. (In the USA ACTA will not even need congressional ratification.)

    http://stopusagebasedbilling.wordpress.com/2009/12/07/a-c-t-a-is-bad/

    and

    http://stopusagebasedbilling.wordpress.com/2009/12/08/errata-a-c-t-a-is-bad/

    Governments are susceptible to this pressure because it sounds like money during these recessive times.

    In reality, ACTA (and all the prequels poking up around the world) would alienate citizens from governments turned into collection agents for corporations. Worse, it will undoubtedly spawn a black economy more pervasive and widespread than ever seen before.

    Which would be even more damaging to the global economy.

    To paraphrase Bobby McFerrin: Don’t Do It… Be Happy.

  2. Ian70 says:

    It’s good to know that recognition of bullshit is a multi-national talent. Canadians see this claim as bullshit, and so do Americans. But really, if a lobbyist WASN’T lying, would he really be doing his job?

    Also, Scott Bryson is still a scumbag.

  3. willy359 says:

    Oh please. Canada has never come out ahead in any trade dispute with the US, as far as I can recall. If the Canadian government falls for this, five years from now some Canuck company will politely ask, “What happened to that plan to let us bid on US jobs?” And the US response will be, “Yeah, we’re working on that. Honest.”

    • cymk says:

      No, the US will pass the buck to the states saying its up to local governments to decide who they take bids from. Of course magically, state municipalities will go with local companies before Canadian ones, screwing our neighbors to the north.

  4. Anonymous says:

    It’s a trick. Get an axe.

  5. Robbo says:

    Frickin’ low-life extortionist gangster mo’fo’s. ‘Scuse my Canadian accent. Sheesh!

  6. Baldhead says:

    Typical American line though: everything withh be wonderful as soon as you do exactly what we tell you to….

  7. Anonymous says:

    They could also solve the problem tomorrow by labeling everything “North Montana.” Crappy knowledge of geography to the rescue!

  8. RevEng says:

    This is blatant racketeering. “We’ll make more contracts with you if you change this entirely-unrelated law to further our agenda.” Yeah, right.

    Canada has a “buy Canadian” mandate just like the USA has theirs. Buying local is a common mandate and it’s not motivated by foreign policies, it’s about strengthening ones own economy.

    Can somebody find a list of connections that Scotty Greenwood has? Sounds to me like he’s not interested in Canadian-American business relations so much as a few deep pockets.

  9. The Chemist says:

    I despise this “Buy [Insert nationality here]” nonsense.

    If I buy shitty American stuff that isn’t competitive globally and help prop up an industry that consistently fails, how am I helping them long-term? I’m not a big fan of our capitalist system, but it is a system, and things tend to work a certain way. Buy [Insert nationality here] only works when your economy is really in the can, something the US and Canada still know nothing about. It also only helps with the growth industries where your nation has virtually no market share or ability to compete effectively. This is what the Japanese did for cars, and to a lesser extent, India (Though I have yet to see a Tata here in the US- Which I realize sounds strangely dirty.)

    Ultimately, when the US and other G8 countries do this, it’s little more than ethno-nationalism harnessed to power private enterprise in an opportunistic fashion. Americans don’t need to buy American, the rest of the world already does. I don’t look for the “Made in” label unless I’m shopping for souvenirs in another country.

  10. pmh says:

    This is just proof that Scotty Greenwood is a bald faced liar. Buy America is much more widely based than just the recording industries. The RIAA does not have the money to placate all those other industries that are pushing Buy America.

  11. Xenu says:

    Canada is a haven for piracy? Yeah right. There’s an American haven for piracy right here on my 80 TB hard drive.

  12. captainazul says:

    I hope the Parliament isn’t buying this hog slop. It’s obvious that protectionism is driven by multiple industries, not just the big entertainment mega-corps. Therefore placating the latter will do little to solve the former. Plus, if the protectionist statutes in question are local, kissing up to federal interests is goign to do little to solve the problem.

    On a side note, it’s flat-out ridiculous that Canada is on some kind of blacklist simply for not kowtowing to the US entertainment industry’s idea of what copyright law should be. It’s absurd that a few corporations should be allowed to determine the course of a nation’s foreign policy- organizations like the RIAA and the MPAA are criminal enterprises that should be attacked under RICO and dismantled.

  13. bhaggart says:

    I don’t see it. There’s a reason why Canada hasn’t implemented the WIPO Internet treaties even though it’s been at the top of the U.S. trade agenda for a decade: issue linkage is hard. Canada already has guaranteed access to the U.S. market (more or less) thanks to the NAFTA, which makes successful linkage even harder. Ironically, the U.S. doesn’t have that much to offer Canada, even if it could speak with one voice and deliver Buy American.

  14. DarthVain says:

    LOL. Wasn’t it just yesterday we were looking at the dumbest quotes ever.

    Greenwood must think either our politicians are pretty stupid. Our politicians are many things, but stupid isn’t one of them. If you want this to fly you will have to bribe them and bribe them good just like everyone else. Probably now you just insulted them and you will have to bribe them twice!

    I could also solve “Buy America” tomorrow. Its called turning off the Gas, Oil, Hydro, and lets see how long it takes them to capitulate. About 5 seconds is how long. Of course you would need some serious political will to do something like that as there would defiantly be repercussions. However for those commodities I think it would be trivial to find other markets.

    I know as a Canadian I am getting sick and tired of being bullied by the American economy, the softwood lumber issue was a good example of the BS.

  15. geekygirluk says:

    Sounds to me like Scotty is in the pay of the RIAA/MPAA. Trying to get Canada to alter it’s copyright laws using such a lame and easily disprovable carrot is ridiculous.

  16. lasttide says:

    Oh please. Globally, the music industry gets about the same total sales revenue as the engineering & construction company I work for, both around $35b. That’s one corporation vs. every single music company on the planet. That’s not to mention the close-knit ties the contracting corporations have with pretty much every politician in DC.

  17. Joe says:

    What a load of crap. Why would unions and others who’ve been pushing “buy American” policies alter their positions just because the Canadians let Hollywood write their copyright laws? Big Content is just one lobby.

  18. PBryden says:

    It’s official, we can now substitute the moniker “sanctioned-blackmailer“ for “prominent lobbyist”. I truly wonder if this was a misstep by Ms. Greenwood, or an intentional leak from the CABC to see what the reaction would be. Regardless, I hope that Ms. Greenwood was either compensated for her collusion or enjoys her next career at McDonalds.

  19. Daemon says:

    I shall hereby address the concerns that Canada is a safe haven for piracy:

    The RIAA companies are being sued in Canada for massive, recurrent and willful copyright infringement. Potentially, they could owe as much as $60 billion dollars.

    Seems like we’re upholding out end of the stick…

  20. Volker says:

    I’m confused. If somebody from the US buys something in Canada or Mexico, he surely “Buys American”?

  21. demidan says:

    I have the pillow case who has the door knobs?

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