John Fithian, the President of the National Association of Theater Owners (yes, their acronym really is NATO), has put the Canadian camcorder issue back on the public agenda in the U.S. Reuters reports that Fithian claimed at a press conference yesterday that the success of U.S. authorities targeting camcording has sent the practice north to Canada. Fithian is quoted as saying "there is a very large percentage of movie theft occurring in Canada, particularly in Quebec, because now they can get English and French (versions of films) and use it around the world."
Leaving aside the fact that Fithian said not a single word about the Canadian issue in his prepared remarks, his comments are somewhat inconsistent with what he told his members just a few months ago. In a November letter to association members, Fithian wasn't talking about U.S. successes. Instead, he suggested that Australia and Canada faced the issue, but emphasized problems at home, conceeding that "the thieves are migrating. At first, most camcorder movie theft occurred in New York and Los Angeles. Today, the thieves have moved, and we have seen camcorder theft in 15 new states since January 2005."