When the video game industry makes a lobbying push, it brings along the fun.
Canada.com reports that lawmakers played video games while ESA Canada execs pushed anti-piracy legislation this week at a lobbying event for members of Parliament in Ottowa.:
Conservative MP Mike Lake… took a break from playing the popular video game NHL 09 at the event, to talk about the ESAC’s requests [for increased piracy protection].
Lake said the government plans to introduce a copyright bill, but wouldn’t say exactly when. "It should happen in this Parliament," he offered.
The MP, whose Edmonton riding includes major game developer BioWare, said the bill is a "priority" for the government, adding the bill, if turned into law, wouldn’t just benefit the gaming industry, but the music, movie and television industries also.
ESA Canada has been pushing hard in recent times for a north-of-the-border version of the USA’s controversial Digital Millenium Copyright Act. Danielle Parr, executive director of ESA Canada, said:
At the federal level, the primary issue for us… is the protection of intellectual property… We really urge [Parliament] to [pass the legislation] as soon as possible… In Canada, [mod chips] are not illegal. They’re illegal in virtually every other country.