Remember Balanced Copyright for Canada
, the shadowy "citizen's group" that encouraged members to send form letters
to media outlets skeptical about Canada's new, US-style copyright law?
Turns out it's a front for the big US labels.
Michael Geist sez,
After several weeks of delays, the Balanced Copyright for Canada site which has been engaging in astroturfing on Canadian copyright reforms, revealed its funding and advisory board late on Tuesday night, hours before the Canada Day holiday. The primary source of funding is not a surprise: this is a Canadian Recording Industry Association production.
Balanced Copyright for Canada Board and Funding Revealed
The composition of the advisory board is interesting. First, of the 13 members, more than half are either record company executives, former record company executives, or lawyers who represent record companies. No surprise given the site's backing, but not exactly the promised "employees, unions, artists and creators." In fact, it is notable that there are very few prominent creators and not many representatives from creator groups outside the music industry such as authors, performers, directors, or artists. In fact, despite an earlier claim that Loreena McKennitt would be on the advisory board, those plans apparently changed.
The board also includes one lawyer who just three months ago argued in a paper that form letters carry little value in public policy process, yet is now on the board of a site that requires a form letter that cannot be edited in order to participate.
Lax enforcement from the SEC has allowed the biggest companies in America — 90 percent of the companies in the S&P 500, led by the faltering energy sector — to ignore the “Generally Accepted Accounting Principles” (GAAP) in presenting their financial information to investors, manufacturing nonexistent profits in quarters where they suffer punishing losses.
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