The leak of Michael Moore's forthcoming documentary Sicko on the Internet has attracted considerable attention. Indeed, when beginning comments on Bill C-59 in the Senate, Conservative Senator Janis G. Johnson opened with:
Honourable senators, Bill C-59 will deter unauthorized videotape camcord activities in movie theatres in Canada. The bill amends the Criminal Code to ensure that local police are able to respond quickly and efficiently to the unauthorized recording of films. The legislation is of vital importance in the age of the Internet. I read a news report today that Michael Moore's new film Sicko is available on YouTube. The site removed 14 small video segments, clips that had several hundred viewings before being removed. The source of the clips was a sneak preview of the film at a benefit fundraiser.
Yet here is what Michael Moore, after noting that "I'm glad that people were able to see my movie. I'm not a big believer in our copyright laws. I think they're way too restrictive," had to say about the incident:
This is an inside job. I'm not talking a kid going to the theatre with a little video camera. This is the actual digital master, it's perfect. You can't really get that unless you've been able to perform an inside job essentially.
It goes without saying that notwithstanding the attempt by Senator Johnson to create a link, C-59 does absolutely nothing to address the insider job that served as the basis for the Sicko leak.