Industry Canada working overtime to remove copyright act criticism from wikipedia
Michael Geist picked up a story about how Industry Canada staff are systematically trying to edit Wikipedia pages, deleting criticism of the new 'Canadian DMCA'. I say 'systematically' because certain text was deleted multiple times after being restored, and the edits come from the same IP range. And it's limited to a few specific points: criticism *of* the proposed act, and the fact that nobody in Canada wants it: only the US Big Media conglomerates. Or it was, until the would-be airbrushers decided to sugar-coat.
My tax dollars at work.
Mr Prentice, you and your staff can't hide from wikiscanner. My favorite bit was pointed out in the comments of Geist's blog:
Turns out that line about personifying great qualities comes verbatim from a comment to the Globe & Mail on 2 June 2008 from a Mr. James Lanigan.
How fitting that Industry Canada plagiarizes from the Globe & Mail, without attributing the source of the quote, in an attempt to defend the Minister for Industry? For all their talk of respecting intellectual property, this is a mistake I wouldn't expect a second-year university student to make.
Jim Prentice must not see the contrast in a minister who personifies experience, confidence and competence, ability and capability introducing a bill shoved down the throats of Canadians by the MAFIAA. He must not, or he would have long since choked to death on his own irony.