You are about to become a criminal

http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/3547/406/

This is a good watch if you want to know more about copyright debate in Canada.  In fact, you should watch it, because the current government is trying to make you into a criminal.  Don’t you feel an urge to do something about that?

There has been this whole ‘public consultation’ regarding the newly introduced evil Bill C-61 and I don’t buy into any of it.  While Mr. Geist hasn’t come out and said it directly, I think we all know that these consultations are a sham designed to make the government appear to care about the opinions of regular folk, when in reality, they are just trying to make greedy music industry execs happy.  I can’t prove it, but I’m smelling money around this one, either the promise of it or the threat of not getting it in some way.

For me, what it comes down to is that I don’t want some lawyer to tell me what I can do with my stuff.  If I want to rip down a CD I own into MP3s, I should be allowed to do that.  If I want to make a backup of a DVD, I should be allowed to do that.  If my buddy wants to lend me a movie for a night, he should be able to do that.

The media industry doesn’t want us to do that.

This isn’t like getting a $25 ticket for jaywalking, they want to be able to sue you for $20,000 per infringement and are working very hard to get the government to pass a law that lets them do it.  Ask youself, how big is your media library?  Got a couple hundred songs you downloaded?  Do the math.  And before you think, “that won’t happen to me” keep in mind that in the U.S. there are something like a quarter of a million lawsuits being processed right now.  The latest one netted Capitol Records 1.9 million dollars.

You are getting sold out by your own government.  You are about to be made into a criminal by your own government.  Doesn’t that piss you off?  Write or call your MP and tell him that you are not down with this copyright reform crap and if he doesn’t do something you won’t forget about it when the next election rolls around.

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