Watching the net for a long time, I've seen quite a few articles like these:
Article on slashdot: guy wants a refund for the bundled Windows license that came with his Lenovo laptop but in order to get the refund, they make him go through one additional hoop: sign an NDA that covered the negotiations process, and all the other hoops he had to go through.
All of this nonsense is making me physically ill. Let's go over the symptoms:
- High levels of irony brought on by doublespeak:
Reports have also indicated that the two ministers will unveil the Copyright Act under the slogan "Made In Canada Copyright Reform" during a scheduled press conference.
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.
Sing along with me now: 'Hands in my picket/Hands in my pocket...'.
What was I rambling about? Oh yes: The Mafiaa wants you to pay every time you share or copy media on your local network.
Move that media file? Pay a fee.
Defragment your hard drive? Pay a fee.
Watch that video? Pay a fee.
Watch that video with a friend in the room? Pay another fee.
Where will it end?