As GamePolitics has reported in the past, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which represents the interests of US game publishers, is backing a proposal to bring tougher, DMCA-syle copyright laws to Canada.
Along those lines, GP just picked up on this video of a May, 2008 TV debate on the issue between ESA VP Stevan Mitchell and Howard Knopf, a Canadian attorney. Mitchell is specifically worried about mod chips. He holds one aloft during the program.
For his part, Knopf is aghast at the notion that American corporate interests might force copyright changes in Canadian law. Knopf seems to have the interests of Canadian consumers at heart.
Unfortunately, Knopf does not articulate his points especially well – perhaps due to the tight time frame of the debate – while the hosts of the program seem to jump right in line with Mitchell of the ESA. Maybe that’s because the program aired on the Business News Network. shiny dot bulletin comments:
It’s amazing how the hosts are really willing to bend to American market interests as opposed to listening to Howard about the facts and issues.
Knopf runs the Excess Copyright blog, the motto of which is:
Copyright is good. Excess in copyright is not.