Big Media’s lobbyists are still pushing hard for the lockdown of the Internet, and they are using flawed research to justify it. Their leading lobby group, the Canadian Intellectual Property Council (CIPC), released a report on World Anti Counterfeiting Day emphasizing the necessity for copyright law similar to the highly unpopular SOPA legislation that was recently defeated in the U.S. The report calls for the swift passing of Copyright Bill C-11, but says that this is only a step in the right direction and more action must be taken, including the implementation of the secretive international copyright agreement ACTA, and massive surveillance at the border.
Ottawa Law Professor Michael Geist wrote about the report in the Huffington Post, calling it “the most extremist [copyright] policy document ever released in Canada”. He asserts that the report bases its claims on flawed research, erroneous numbers, and overhyped and outdated threats.