Several people have written in response to the release of Putting Canadian "Piracy" in Perspective to ask for the data to support the claims made in the short film. I admittedly should have provided that from the start, but, better late than never, here are links to the various source documents:
The film opens by referring to movie piracy legislation and two government committee reports (INDU and SECU). It then follows with quotes from Graham Henderson of CRIA, U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Wilkins, and the U.S. Trade Representative. The film lists a series of copyright reform demands, drawn from the CACN and other copyright groups calling for copyright reform.
The response begins by noting that Canada currently meets its international copyright obligations. The lengthy list of other countries facing U.S. criticism on intellectual property is taken from the 2007 USTR Special 301 Report, while the claim on compliance with WIPO ratification, term extension, and anti-camcording law was based on research published this spring.
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Over the past year, Canadians have faced a barrage of claims painting Canada as a "piracy haven." This video – the second in my collaboration with Daniel Albahary – moves beyond the headlines to demonstrate how the claims do not tell the whole story. Update: Source documents for the film […]
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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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