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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Hollywood lobbies for Canadian piracy law... and gets one

Anyone interested in creating good optics (while doing nothing of substance) can take a lesson from this video ...

It's called The Power of Lobbying: How Hollywood Got A Movie Piracy Bill. And it took less than 6 months.

So this is what we pay politicians to do ... cater to well-heeled crony-capitalists from other countries? It would certainly appear so.

Get the low-down on this useless bill here.

Not that I have an ounce of sympathy for the propagandist film-maker in question, but still. It's the principle of the thing.

Besides, what business does this self-serving foreign media cartel have wasting the time of our civil servants... whose salaries are paid by the hard-earned tax dollars of Canadians?

And here's a question from one of those tax-payers: Why aren't our politicians looking at Canadian films to shape Canadian distribution laws? If the accusations of Canadian piracy are bogus, as this video claims, then why are they wasting time on American lobbyists instead of getting to work and passing made-in-Canada bills like this and this?

It's things like this that make me believe that politicians and crony capitalists are one and the same, and all cut from the cloth ... whether they live in Canada, the United States, Ukraine or Russia. Any wonder there are so many swing voters?

H/t Michael Geist, expert on Intellectual Property Law in Ottawa.

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