Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Canadian Justice Stands True
We live in a world with jurisprudence gone mad. Lawyers are the modern Samurai and the arena of combat is every aspect of your life. All parties engaged in a battle so brutal and all encompassing you cant escape it through death.
Its universally and totally mistakenly agreed that modern western justice is a creation of natural law. So the bias of fairness is built into the system. God did not appoint or select our judges, humans did. Justice is as good or bad as the humans that created it and the precedents that allow the institution to evolve as the final arbiter of good and evil.
Copyright law has become a watermark on the page of fair use. There are very few original thoughts. Therefore balancing the interests of creators who themselves copied against the common sense of the community is a challenge.
In the USA and the UK copyright holders have the Justice system in their pocket. From making the laws to enforcing them the balance is almost totally on the side of the content manufactures. The difference that is Canadian Justice, was highlighted this week in a landmark ruling. Allen Mendelsohn one of Canada's preeminent internet law experts explains it in easy to read detail with great clarity.
Why are Canadians being protected from Copyright trolls? In the USA the idea of social justice has never been part of the landscape. In the UK there is no Charter of Rights to protect the citizens from the special interests let alone the goverment.
So Canadians should be proud and thankful we have a society where the Judges in general believe in the rights of the people, and where we had a leader like Pierre Elliot Trudeau who enshrined a just society in a document that has the final say.
Now admit it, if you stream or download you are a liberal at heart.