Thursday, February 15, 2007

Blame Canada! Blame Canada!

Via Slashdot:
WASHINGTON — A powerful coalition of U.S. software, movie and music producers is urging the Bush administration to put Canada on an infamous blacklist of intellectual property villains, alongside China, Russia and Belize.

Canada's chronic failure to modernize its copyright regime has made it a global hub for bootleg movies, pirated software and tiny microchips that allow video-game users to bypass copyright protections, the International Intellectual Property Alliance complains in a submission to the U.S. government.

The time has come for the United States to send a stern warning to Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government, which has failed to deliver on a promised overhaul of copyright laws and a policing crackdown, said the Washington-based group that represents companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Paramount Pictures.

Ok, so the same U.S. citizens and corporations who decided to move their movie productions up to Canada because they were a cheaper date than some of our American cities now wants the US to punish Canada for not having the same copyright law as the U.S. They probably will get their way too. I wish I had an interest in actually watching some more of these movies or listen to the generic bubble gum crap these folks are producing so I could boycott it some more. When people say we have a Mickey Mouse foreign policy, they ain't kidding.