Throughout the debate over Bill C-59, Canada's fast-tracked anti-camcording law, I consistently argued that there was no need for additional legislation since the Copyright Act was already well-equipped to deal with problem (documents obtained under the Access to Information Act reveal that that was the view of Department of Justice officials as well). Yesterday, the RCMP called a press conference to trumpet the arrest of a Montreal man for camcording a movie and in the process proved my point.
This is the second arrest in the past month, but what makes this one noteworthy is that the man faces charges under the Copyright Act. That's right – after all the rhetoric about the supposed inadequacy of copyright law to address this issue, Canada's national police force joined forces with the FBI and arrested a reputed world leader in film piracy who now faces the prospect of jail time and fines. Yet they did not use the new anti-camcording provision in the Criminal Code. It would seem that the Copyright Act gave them all the power they needed.