Canada's copyright minister: superinfringer

Tony Clement, the Canadian minister who ignored the results of his own consultation on copyright and decided to bring Canadians a restrictive, US-style Canadian DMCA, admits to being a copyright infringer.

First, there's the matter of his much-vaunted iPod, held out as an example of his technical savvy, which he admits to filling with illegally ripped music. His new law will make it legal to rip CDs and load them onto your iPod, but not if there's any DRM on the CDs or other digital music files, in which case, all bets are off. Clement's law makes it illegal to break DRM, even if you're doing so for a lawful purpose.

Then there's the video above. As Ben notes, "Tony Clement, was found to have been doing commercials for a company selling chemicals in China. Aside from hilariously poor production values, the video contains blatant copyright violations. This is ironic, as he is one of the Ministers responsible for overhauling Canadian copyright laws."

Industry minister admits to breaking copyright law to build iPod collection

(Thanks, Ben and Andrew!)