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Movie Camcording

Pirating the 2009 Oscars

Monday January 26, 2009
Waxy posts data on the availability of unauthorized copies of Oscar-nominated movies.  The site finds that virtually all movies have been posted to file sharing networks and that the source for almost all of those movies are screener copies distributed by the studios, not poor quality camcorded copies that the industry claims is the primary source of movie piracy.
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B.C. Police Arrest Man For Pirating DVDs

Thursday December 18, 2008
B.C. police have arrested a man engaged in the production and sale of infringing DVDs.

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MPAA Wants Obama To Target Canada Over Copyright

Tuesday December 09, 2008
The election of Barack Obama has led to considerable speculation about what the change in administration might mean for U.S. pressure on Canada on intellectual property issues.  If the MPAA - the lead Hollywood lobbyist - has anything to say about it, the pressure will only increase.  Eighteen months after MPAA pressure led to a Canadian anti-camcording legislation and just weeks after the first successful conviction under the new provision, the MPAA has asked to Obama to target Canada (along with China, India, Mexico, Russia, and Spain) in its intellectual property trade policy.  

While groups such as the Computer and Communications Industry Association have urged Obama to stop alienating allies by "browbeating its trade partners", the MPAA lobby document makes it clear that the copyright lobby groups will continue to blame Canada, despite the fact that Canada is compliant with its international obligations.  Claiming that Canadian law is akin to China or Russia ought to be dismissed outright, yet the ease with which the Canadian government caved to pressure on the camcording issue has apparently emboldened the same lobby group to demand even more.
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Calgary Man Receives Fine Under Illegal Camcording Conviction

Friday November 14, 2008
A Calgary man has become the first person convicted under the Criminal Code's new anti-camcording provision.  The man received a $1,495 fine and was placed on probation for one year.  He is also prohibited from possessing any video recording equipment outside his home during the probation.  The Canadian Motion Pictures Distributors Association had hoped for jail time.
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CMPDA Claims Camcording All But Disappears in Canada

Friday February 15, 2008
As a Montreal man pleads not guilty on charges involving camcording in a movie theatre, the Globe ran a story this week in which the CMPDA claims that "only five movies have been illegal recorded in Canada" since the first camcording arrest last October.
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Movie Piracy Stats Dissected

Wednesday February 06, 2008
Waxy.org has produced a detailed look at movie piracy, pointing the range of sources for unauthorized copies of major films.  While camcord versions are part of the story, the leaks clearly come from many other sources including screener copies and DVD leaks.
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The MPAA Error

Thursday January 24, 2008
Lots of people have written to note that the MPAA has now acknowledged a major error in much-promoted study about the impact of movie piracy.  Having overstated those numbers so fundamentally - and relied upon them before the U.S. Congress - it must surely raise questions about the accuracy of other data, notably the claims that the industry used to convince the Canadian government to introduce anti-camcording legislation.  There have been all of two arrests in Canada in seven months since the new provision was enacted.
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RCMP Demonstrates That Movie Piracy Law Unnecessary

Wednesday December 05, 2007
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.
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Globe Then Says Fear the Pirates

Wednesday November 28, 2007

This morning the Globe and Mail has published a story on its front page on the first arrest under the new anti-camcording provision.  The same arrest (arrest, not conviction) that was reported and blogged about two weeks ago.

Update: Appropriation Art files a complaint over similar coverage at CTV, while the Montreal Gazette reports that the owner of Cinema Guzzo now hopes that the single arrest will end unauthorized camcording in the city. 

 


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Montreal Police Arrest Man For Camcording In Theatre

Thursday November 15, 2007
Nearly five months after it took effect, police in Montreal have made their first arrest using the new Criminal Code anti-camcording provisions.
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