Monday, October 29, 2007

Toronto Star runs paid "anti-counterfeiting" ad as news

The Toronto Star ran a huge advertising section promoting "anti-counterfeiting legislation" that attacks Canada's generic drugs and serves as a back door for DRM laws and Draconian copyright penalties -- but they ran it as news, even though they were "sponsored" by the Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network.The claims in the "article" were one-sided and ignored the rebuttals that the paper's own Michael Geist had published. Link

See also: Anti-counterfeiting treaty turns into maximum copyright free-for-all

Update: A reader writes, "The Torontoist blog points out that in the same issue, the Star ran a lengthy story on how to find a knock-off bag in New York , complete with directions."