Last year the Industry Ministry held a public Copyright Consultation, soliciting Canadian input on copyright reform. More than 8,000 Canadians made submissions in last year’s Copyright Consultation, and these submissions overwhelmingly said
to Digital Locks, or anything resembling a Canadian DMCA.
Yet this year the government tabled their draft Bill C-32. Clearly a Canadian DMCA. .
The outcry against Bill C-32 was loud. A fake grassroots movement was the only voice raised in support. In spike of the universal opposition the Government forged ahead.
The Minister of Heritage made intemperate remarks in his attempts to silence opposition. Much worse, his attempts to suppress these remarks, captured on video and likely to haunt him to the end of his career, triggered an even LOUDER outcry.
The Government launched yet another consultation, The Digital Economy Consultation. The premature digEcon launch was most likely intended to take the heat of Heritage Minister.
Problem was, mismanagement of the “idea-forum” voting caused its very own Census Long form Scandal again placing the Government under fire.
Industry Minister Tony Clement’s announced intent to review C-32 provisions, not because of Canadian concerns but because of an American DMCA review has raised the ire of more than one Canadian.
More even than holding a press conference announcing Bill C-32 in the office of an American game manufacturer, this has exposed the absolute fiction of Mr. Clement’s promise of “Made In Canada” copyright reform.
In Canada, both our Federal Minister of Industry and our Federal Minister of Heritage
are more easily reached via the American microblogging service Twitter than by conventional means.
Yet neither have any presence on the Canadian micro-blogging service identi.ca
Industry and Heritage. For which country?