A Virginia teenager has pled guilty to one count of unlawfully recording a motion picture in violation of state law after she filmed 20 seconds of Transformers. The teen was fined $71, though faced the prospect of jail time. The prosecutor advised that the theatre chain, Regal Entertainment (the world's […]
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The Senate began debate yesterday on Bill C-59, the movie camcording bill. The bill received enthusiastic support from both a Conservative and a Liberal Senator, but the bill was then sent to the Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications for review, suggesting that the Senate might conduct the hearings […]
After all the claims about Canada as a movie piracy haven and the threats about delaying the release of films, the MPA has issued a confidential report that casts Canada in a much different light. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the annual MPA report on all-media sales shows Canada as […]
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 […]
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.