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Behind the Scenes of Canada’s Movie Piracy Bill

Appeared in the Toronto Star on June 11, 2007 as Behind-Scenes Action Set Stage for Camcording Bill When Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda and Industry Minister Maxime Bernier stepped up to the podium on Parliament Hill ten days ago to introduce new movie piracy legislation, the scene had an unmistakable […]

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June 11, 2007 1 comment Columns Archive

Canada’s Anti-Camcording Bill

As expected, the federal government introduced Bill C-59, its anti-camcording legislation on Friday (coverage from CBC, CTV, Canwest, Toronto Star, Globe). The bill creates two amendments to the Criminal Code:

  • The recording of a movie in a movie theatre without the consent of the theatre's manager, punishable by up to two years in jail.
  • The recording of a movie in a movie theatre without the consent of the theatre's manager for the purpose of selling, renting, or other commercial distribution of a copy of the recording, punishable by up to five years in jail.

The Globe is reporting that the bill may fast track through the House without any hearings – literally in a matter of minutes – despite a clear need to review the law for potential amendment (for example, I would suggest that there is the need to add the word "knowingly" to the two provisions and suggest adding a reporting mechanism everytime the provision is triggered so that we can get a better handle on the scope of the problem).  Everyone would agree that no one credible supports illegal camcording.  Indeed, while the economic impact may be subject to debate, there is no doubt that the practice does real harm to the artistic merit of the film and thus harms the creators. That said, this bill troubles me for several reasons.

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June 2, 2007 20 comments News

The Power of Lobbying: How Hollywood Got a Canadian Movie Piracy Bill in Under Six Months

The Canadian government will introduce anti-camcording legislation today. Here's how it happened. Downloadable version here. 

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June 1, 2007 18 comments News

Industry Minister Responds to Manufacturing IP Recommendations

This morning Industry Minister Maxime Bernier released the government's response to the Industry Committee's manufacturing report, which included a recommendation to ratify the WIPO Internet treaties and to increase IP enforcement to combat counterfeiting and piracy.  The government's response is about what you would expect:

the Government of Canada is:

  • reviewing the enforcement of intellectual property rights, and options to strengthen this regime, in order to combat video piracy and the trade in counterfeit and pirated goods, and
  • preparing amendments to Canada's copyright regime that would provide for the implementation of the WIPO Internet Treaties into our domestic legislation

The response continues by noting that the Public Safety and Industry committees are also examining the counterfeiting issue.  I do not think there is anything particularly new here – the government has long indicated that it plans to amend the Copyright Act and this statement is obviously consistent with those plans.  

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May 29, 2007 2 comments News

MPAA Trumpets Spiderman 3 Camcording Crackdown

Jon Healey of the LA Times points to a joint release today [pdf] from the MPAA and the National Association of Theatre Owners trumpeting their success in stopping the camcording of Spiderman 3.  The release notes that the industry stopped 31 camcording attempts worldwide, which it credits with helping lead […]

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May 18, 2007 11 comments News