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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?
See also: A Dedicated Group of Likeminded People
See also: Artist rights are human rights