Chamber's counterfeiting gaffe

It was disappointing to see the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce's misguided endorsement of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce "Protection of Intellectual Property" [PDF] report, issued this morning.

Protection of IP might sound like something non-contentious, but this report is filled with misrepresentation and fabrication and makes the OCC look like a stooge for the copyright lobby.

Chambers of commerce usually like to make themselves out to be champions of smaller government, but the OCC is lobbying for significant increases in government power and bureaucracy, along with additional layers of legislation -- all in response to a problem it defines with made-up statistics.

As Michael Geist writes, "With today's report, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce has done little more than embarrass itself and its members."

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