ESA Cheers as Obama Administration Spanks Canada

April 30, 2009 -

Those pesky Canadians have finally pushed the U.S. Government to the brink.

If the Bushies were still in power we might now be glued to CNN, watching the 82nd Airborne para-dropping into Ottawa. But as it is, the Obama administration has settled for delivering a nasty slap via the office of U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk (left).

The issue is copyright protection and the USTR, a cabinet-level post, has been making unpleasant noises in Canada's direction for several years. Today Kirk dropped the hammer, placing Canada on the "Priority Watch List" along with China, Russia, Algeria, Argentina, Chile, India, Indonesia, Israel, Pakistan, Thailand, and Venezuela. From the USTR report:

Canada is being elevated to the Priority Watch List for the first time, reflecting increasing concern about the continuing need for copyright reform, as well as continuing concern about weak border enforcement.

The Entertainment Software Association, which lobbies on behalf of U.S. video game publishers, was quick to applaud the action in a press release. No surprise there, as the ESA has been pushing hard in recent years for Canada to outlaw mod chips and adopt its own version of the consumer-unfriendly Digital Millenium Copyright Act.

In fact, with DMCA-like legislation an issue that Canada's Parliament will soon be considering, a cynic might be forgiven for thinking that the USTR's action was timed for its persuasive value as much as anything else.

Of today's announcement, ESA CEO Michael Gallagher commented:

Putting Canada on the ‘Priority Watch List’ is a signal of the Obama Administration’s commitment to strengthening global intellectual property protection, and its intent to address this issue firmly with the Canadian government. Canada’s weak laws and enforcement practices foster game piracy in the Canadian market and pave the way for unlawful imports into the U.S.

So what does the ESA want from Canada? They have a laundry list:

  • Enact legislation outlawing game circumvention devices, such as “mod chips” and “game copiers,” in line with Canada’s international treaty obligations
  • Create adequate legal incentives for internet service providers (ISPs) to work with copyright owners in combating online piracy
  • Provide Customs officials with adequate authority to make ex officio seizures of counterfeit and pirate product at the border; and,
  • Provide adequate resources to anti-piracy enforcement efforts and make prosecution of intellectual property crimes a high priority.

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Re: ESA Cheers as Obama Administration Spanks Canada

America fears Canada?  Buh?  I must not have gotten that memo.

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

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Thank you for assuming that our leaders speak with our voices and there are no dissenting opinions.
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Re: ESA Cheers as Obama Administration Spanks Canada

To paraphrase Trudeau, the government has no business in the hard drives of the nation.

I notice that the ESA doesn't mind us playing host to a number of their largest game developers in Vancouver and Montreal... tell you what: we'll put up with all this protectionist crap when you start making some Canadian games.  I want to be playing CFL '09 by the start of the season!  Let's go, chop-chop!

(Oh, right, and softwood lumber, etc.)

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Re: ESA Cheers as Obama Administration Spanks Canada

And when do I get a GOOD curling game? Huh? Xtreme curling would be great, but Neotronic Arts aparently doesn't exist.

Re: ESA Cheers as Obama Administration Spanks Canada

Tell you what, the US Government starts paying the taxes on softwood lumber properly, we'll be willing to listen to you.

 

Also, *clears throat* 1812. Paratroop away.

Re: ESA Cheers as Obama Administration Spanks Canada

why should we?  Your lumber is crap.  Half of my shift is spent culling studs customers don't want

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Because when someone takes something without paying the agreed upon price is nothing but a pirate.

Re: ESA Cheers as Obama Administration Spanks Canada

I didn't know home depot robbed you canadians out of your precious lumber at gunpoint.

Re: ESA Cheers as Obama Administration Spanks Canada

Obviously I've been overblowing it a touch. The point is, we've had some sore spots for a long time. The only justification for this is that the biggest touter of DCMA law, Hollywood, basically owes it's being to Canadians.

Re: ESA Cheers as Obama Administration Spanks Canada

Wow, flame war. Kurb, try backing off a bit so you don't look like a Troll.

(Note I said he looks like one, not that he actually is one.

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Re: ESA Cheers as Obama Administration Spanks Canada

Really, the USTR should put the US on that list too, more piracy that goes on in the US than there is in Canada!

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Yeah, you know ,forget poverty, gang violence, the drug trad,e we need to make sure those poor oublishers can keep snorting white powder off the backs of prostitutes.

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Bypassing and copying is like sex and they jut managed to get in your bedroom to tell you want to do(IE in public as in distribution is not legal but in youer own home behind closed doors is.).
We don't need corporate making every other thing illicit when illicit profit/distribution is already a crime.....

 


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"placing Canada on the "Priority Watch List" along with China, Russia, Algeria, Argentina, Chile, India, Indonesia, Israel, Pakistan, Thailand, and Venezuela."

*cue inspirational music*

And we won't stop until we're number one on that list. Because we have a dream to one day be number one on that list. My name is Joe and I AM CANADIAN!*

 

*my name isn't really Joe... just sayin'

"I'd far rather be happy than right any day."

Re: ESA Cheers as Obama Administration Spanks Canada

If the Bushies were still in power we might now be glued to CNN, watching the 82nd Airborne para-dropping into Ottawa.

 

*SIGHS*

 

Yeah, because it's not like the RIAA/MPAA and ESA weren't pushing this sort of thing during the Bush administration. Yet, it took Obama and his DMCA loving, bought and paid for, Vice President to come into power to do this and it only took a few months!

 

 

*Waits for someone to defend it and say there's no obvious bias here.*

Re: ESA Cheers as Obama Administration Spanks Canada

There's obvious bias here. I, personally, simply don't fucking care. Because, as far as I know, he doesn't pretend that he isn't (i.e. Fox News).

I don't care if you're biased, so long as you can admit it. I know I am!

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"Because, as far as I know, he doesn't pretend that he isn't (i.e. Fox News)."

i.e. cnn

i.e. nbc

i.e. 60 minutes

i.e. every fucking news agency out there.  Seriously, news is biased for the sheer fact that it's meant to sell.  Add on the political bias every station takes on, and what do you get?  Biased news.  Yet it's only when Fox News comes out with a conservative bias that this fact is called out and harped on.  Get the fuck over it already.  They're allowed to have a different viewpoint and bias then 95% of all other news broadcasters and yourself (apparently, otherwise you probably wouldn't single them out in the first place).  Quit BAWWWing over it and realize your own hypocracy when you only call out one news station in having a bias. 

Oh, and no, I'm not a Republican, so I'm not supporting Fox News out of some flimsy political bond.  In fact, I hate a good 75% of their shows, if not more.

Re: ESA Cheers as Obama Administration Spanks Canada

I'm not going to argue over it, so I'm keeping any opinion about the rest out. But the reason I said Fox, is because they are the most prevalent. Just take a look: http://www.foxnews.com/i/new/fn-header.jpg

It says "Fair and Balanced" right in the fucking logo. That is why I mentioned them.

And I'll admit, I'm very biased against Conservatism. I think it's a huge load of shit. But doesn't mean I simply go off using that as a basis of argument.

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Well I think you have a point there.

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Re: ESA Cheers as Obama Administration Spanks Canada

 Change we can believe in ........right.

Well, it was nice to at least *pretend* things would improve.

Re: ESA Cheers as Obama Administration Spanks Canada

Crap like this was obvious as soon Biden was nominated.

 

Re: ESA Cheers as Obama Administration Spanks Canada

Ah, cool. We're on the page I was on last year.

Re: ESA Cheers as Obama Administration Spanks Canada

Biden changed my vote from a vote for Obama to a vote against McCain. In practical terms, that means squat though.

I have yet to vote for anyone in a presidential election.

Re: ESA Cheers as Obama Administration Spanks Canada

If I would've been 18 I would've voted for Ron Paul...He was the original Hope for America...

-If an apple a day keeps the doctor away....what happens when a doctor eats an apple?-

-Optimum est pati quod emendare non possis-It is best to endure what you cannot change-

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'outlawing game circumvention devices, such as “mod chips” and “game copiers,”'

um does that mean even like DVD burners? :S

 

Re: ESA Cheers as U.S. Trade Rep Spanks Canada

Uh huh. Yeah. Right. Understood. *hangs up phone*

It's official. We're fucked. No more modding. Emulators are gonna go next. Anything that has been modded will be seized, and the owner arrested for copyright infringement and software piracy.

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Re: ESA Cheers as U.S. Trade Rep Spanks Canada

Death Row Inmate 1: What are you in for?

 

Death Row Inmate 2: Killed 14 people, you?

 

Death Row Inmate 1: Played super mario brothers on my PC

 
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