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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

Liberals Join Criticism of Oda

While the NDP has leading the criticism of Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda, the Liberals jumped in over the weekend with the focus on support for major Quebec cultural events. Update: All parties joined in the criticism today with both the Bloc and NDP blistering Oda over the failure to […]

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May 28, 2007 Comments are Disabled News

Museums and the Public Domain

The Associated Press has picked up on a story involving public access to images in the Smithsonian InstitutionPublic.Resource.Org has posted 6,288 images currently sold by the Smithsonian on Flickr (a book of the images can be downloaded for free from, arguing that the U.S. institution is overreaching by claiming copyright or control over images that are in the public domain.

The issue is an important one that should also resonate in Canada.  Some readers may recall the battle between a small school division in Manitoba and the National Gallery of Canada over fees levied for a public domain Paul Kane painting. In the wake of that incident, I've been working with some students to identify how Canadian museums address access to public domain works in their collections.  The research is not yet complete, however, the preliminary news is not good. 

Museums are strapped for cash and therefore use their physical control over images to levy fees over public domain works.  While a cost-recovery fee for digitization or administration is understandable, many institutions go much further charging "surrogate copyright fees" or "user's fees" for public domain works or deploy technology to limit the potential uses of digitized versions of those works. 

For example, consider Emily Carr, whose work entered the public domain in 1996. 

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May 23, 2007 1 comment News

Oda To Face Tough Questions

Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda will face hours of questioning this evening, with the Liberals claiming that they will ask some tough questions, including discussion of campaign donations. Update: Full transcript here.  No questions about copyright. Some discussion about expenses at the Juno awards and the lack of timely disclosure. 

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May 16, 2007 Comments are Disabled News