With US Tanks Massed on Canadian Border Law Prof Michael Geist Saves Canada by Sacrificing Canadian Artists/Culture

© David Mdzinarishvili / Reuters

What’s that? …. There are no tanks?…. Oh….So Canada’s most “internet famous” copyright law professor Michael “Neville Chamberlain” Geist is simply selling out Canadian artists for no apparent reason?!? And the beneficiaries of his tortured interpretation of facts and data is predictably the US Silicon Valley monopolies that indirectly benefit from the massively infringing pirate website operations?  (And never mind kiddie porn sites, that’s another blog post, we’ll get to that shortly.)

This is especially funny since Geist doesn’t appear to discourage blog comments expressing anti-American jingoism.  If only his supporters took the time to follow the money.  Geist’s home base is the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic at the University of Ottowa. You can think of Samuelson-Glushko as the Koch brothers of Silicon Valley.  The sole purpose of Samuelson-Glushko clinics appears to be as a policy washing machine for Silicon Valley interests.   Money comes in one side and  out pops “academic papers” and “research” that seems to always neatly supports the public policy positions of US based internet monopolists.  And weakens the rights of Canadian copyright holders.

Remember Geist is no crank law professor at some no name school out in the prairies. Geist is at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law.

Read more about Geist here and ask yourself  “Who is this guy really advocating for?”  And also what’s up with his mysterious Lawbytes loan out company?


Geist Flips the Mob Switch

The Spy Who Consulted Them: A Closer Look at Lawbytes, Inc. f/s/o Michael Geist


Canadian Copyright Modernization Act—Whose shadow is in the fine print?


The Professor Has No Clothes


The Geist in the Hen House

The Price of Support

Is Geist singing from the EFF songbook?

News From the Goolag: Geist strikes a blow for piracy…I mean, consumers

Lawbytes, Inc. Redux: What is the difference between $24,500 and $25,001?

The Elusive Lawbytes, Inc.

The Industry Canada Music Study Part I

The Industry Canada Music Study Part II

Only The Shadow Knows Part 1

Only The Shadow Knows Part 2

See also: A Dedicated Group of Likeminded People

See also: Fair Copyright Canada and 100,000 Voters Who Don’t Exist

See also: What do Canada, Vietnam, China, Russia, Ukraine and Romania have in common? (And, no, it’s not future sites of the Creative Commons Internationale)

See also: Artist rights are human rights

The Spy Who Consulted Me Redux: The Consultation of the Mikado

See also: A closer look at Lawbytes, Inc. f/s/o Michael Geist