The column arose in response to last month's civil disobedience campaign involving file sharing of the Eyes on the Prize documentary. While that activity put the spotlight on the copyright issues associated with obtaining rights for documentaries, Canadian film makers face the additional burden of obtaining government approval when using public documents or video.
The column concludes that using government documents and video materials without approval from the Parliament's Speaker of the House should not be a case of civil disobedience. It should be permitted by law.
Update: Ottawa Citizen version of the article is now online.