James Gannon of McCarthy Tétrault has written a blog post titled ‘Top 5 Myths About the New Copyright Bill and Digital Locks‘ in which he makes a variety of claims. His claims aren’t anything new, nor are they at all accurate, but I’m not going to dissect them right now. Instead let’s look at another issue.
Who exactly is James Gannon representing? He claims, as does Barry Sookman, that what he publishes in his blog is his own opinion. But is it really? Your life experiences, including work are part of what colors your opinions. We know that he’s a lawyer. We don’t know who his clients are – and those clients and their interests will have had an effect on his opinions. But he refuses to say who they are.
Word on the street is that his firm works for RIAA and MPAA member companies. This may or may not be true. I don’t know.
What I do know, and have documentation that proves it, is that his company has represented Rogers Communications in the past. They may still represent Rogers. If so, this could leave McCarthy Tétrault in conflict, as I’m certain that the interests of Rogers Communications would not be those of the entertainment industry distributors, but this may explain some of the more curious posts that both he and Sookman have made.
As I’ve covered in my article ‘ A Call For Disclosure – Who Do The Professionals Represent And Why Are They Hiding The Connection?‘ there is a need for legal professionals commenting on an issue to declare their alliances.
Tuesday June 15, 2010