Did Google Astroturf Group Fail to Report Copyright Lobbying to Canadian Authorities?

I recommend this blog from David Lowery’s The Trichordist to readers of my blog.

The Trichordist

A few weeks ago this blog on the website of Michael Geist caught my eye.  Michael Geist is anti-copyright activist/professor at University of Ottowa and I generally try to keep up with his writings.  In this blog he claimed that lobbyist data showed groups representing artists and other copyright holders represented the vast majority of registered copyright lobbying meetings with Canadian officials.  Registered is the key word here. Bookmark that and we’ll come back to it in a minute.

While Geist might be technically right I don’t really get the point of the blog. What is so outrageous? It should be no surprise that artists and rights holders in Canada are actively lobbying their government on copyright. The 2012 Copyright Modernization Act, Notice and Notice, and lax enforcement of online piracy have been a disaster for Canada’s creators. So-called “copyright reforms” have further decreased revenues for many artists with academic authors particularly

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