Canadian PM Copies Campaign Commercial, Doesn't License Hockey Clips

from the didn't-he-want-stricter-copyright-laws? dept

While the latest attempt at putting forth new copyright laws in Canada didn't survive, I always find it amusing when politicians pushing for stricter copyright laws get caught breaking copyright law. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was already being talked about after it came to light that he appeared to have done a pretty close copy of a campaign ad from US Presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty. You can see both ads below:


However, as Rob Hyndman alerts us, now some have discovered that Harper did not properly license the video clips he used of a hockey match between Canada and the Soviet Union in 1972.
Horst Ficel, a partner in the firm, says that Hockey Canada granted the players the rights to all the marketing of the series in the mid-1990s. Today, a committee with player representatives decides who can license the footage.

Ficel is busy fielding requests for permission to use the clips to mark the upcoming 40th anniversary of the historic series.

But decidedly not among those requesting permission was the Conservative Party of Canada, Ficel said..

"It's definitely not approved by me. It's not approved by the committee."

He says the committee is careful to avoid anything that might be considered political.
Now, personally, I think this should be "fair use," but Canada (notoriously) has no fair use. It does have a more limited concept of "fair dealing," but (and I'm certainly not an expert in Canadian copyright law), it's not clear if political commercials are covered by Canada's fair dealing provisions. The fair dealing provisions focus on "research, private study, criticism, review, or news reporting," and I don't see how political ads match any of those.


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    trish, Apr 19th, 2011 @ 4:47am

    :)

    I will never need to buy the DVD of this 40-year old game now that I have seen this one-second clip of it.

     

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    Michael, Apr 19th, 2011 @ 5:01am

    The real question

    Why do politicians insist on copying things that suck? I have watched clips of kittens on YouTube that are more interesting than this piece of garbage.

    Copy a DH xTranormal video or something next time.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 19th, 2011 @ 5:28am

    Now, raise your hand if you've missed the point...

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Apr 19th, 2011 @ 5:40am

    Re: The real question

    He tried. I sic'd Copyright Man on him. It was really breathtaking to see a politician and a grown man in a body condom go face to face, so to speak....

     

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    JustMe (profile), Apr 19th, 2011 @ 6:30am

    Not necessarily a copy of Pawlenty

    So much as a collection of random images suggesting 'Canadian-ness' and reminiscent of a junior high school art project. Neither commercial gives me insight in to the candidate or their views, other than the fact that they have poor decision making skills for choosing such an overused and underinformative format. It doesn't even give me any reason to remember their names, which is why I had to scroll up twice to get the names while writing this brief response. So there, candidates, your very expensive commercial wasn't even able to keep your names in my head for a minute.

    Also, I wonder if any of the other images used in Harper's video were properly licensed.

     

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    Michael, Apr 19th, 2011 @ 6:37am

    Re: Re: The real question

    let's agree to never utter "breathtaking", "politician", and "body condom" in the same sentence again.

     

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    Darryl, Apr 19th, 2011 @ 6:52am

    Political Ads? not commercials but political.

    First, political compains are not really 'commercials', allthough often they look like them, and often take the same time slots on your TV.

    They are not ads, but they are a method of information delivery, often it is about how good your guy is, or how bad the other guy is.

    Or what you are going to do if you are elected, or what the other guy will do if he is elected.

    In particular, they are trying to EDUCATE people about what they can offer, or what will happen if they are not elected (and the other guy gets in).

    So for 'fair use' and 'fair dealing' they meet virtually ALL the necessary boxes.

    research, private study, criticism, review, or news reporting

    Research - yes, so people can find out what that person stands for

    Yes, they can do that privately

    Yes, it is for criticism (of the other guy)

    Review, yes that too

    AND

    News Reporting - yes, it has that as well.

    So a political campain is not a 'add campain' therefore it would and does certainly fall under 'fair use' or 'fair dealings'


    "but (and I'm certainly not an expert in (Canadian - ANY)copyright law),"

    Yes, Mike copyright law is not your strong suit.

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Apr 19th, 2011 @ 7:14am

    Re: Political Ads? not commercials but political.

    Are you completely off your rocker?

    1. Research means BY the individual putting out the content. Your content can be research work. It does NOT mean that your video can be USED for others in terms of research. Besides which, political propaganda as research material is....specious to put it mildly.

    2. Private study, see above. The content would be the result of private study, not the use of that content.

    3. Criticism is where you're closest...but still wrong. Fair use stipulates that you're critiquing the work you'd be otherwise infringing upon. Unless this politician was criticizing the NHL, then this fails the test. Doing so in Canada would be a bold move, to say the least.

    4. Review...uh what? What is a campaign commercial reviewing? In the same sense as a book/movie review? Nothing, that's what.

    5. And if you REALLY think a campaign advertisement is "news reporting", then I suggest you find the nearest hammer and bash yourself in the head with it in the hopes of getting some of those misfiring synapses properly lined up, because that's grade A monkey retardism right there, my friend....

     

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    crade (profile), Apr 19th, 2011 @ 7:16am

    Yeah, we have fair dealing, it doesn't normally cover this type of thing I believe, but he should be able to get away with those tiny clips. It is not particularly educational, since it doesn't mention anything about their policy
    of shutting down the government, making vague evasive speaches and taking extended vacations at all.

     

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    RD, Apr 19th, 2011 @ 7:46am

    Re: Political Ads? not commercials but political.

    @darryl

    Ok now I am convinced you write these things only as a form of sarcastic commentary. Because that posting is the biggest steaming load of twisted justification bullshit I've seen in a while. You have to be an artificial astroturf copyright absolutist or something.

     

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    techie42 (profile), Apr 19th, 2011 @ 9:01am

    Re: the point...

    Well as a Canadian I think there are several points

    1) Our Northern Replubican gets his marching orders from the USA. As Haroper himself said "I don't care what goes into the new law as long as it makes the American's happy"

    2) He takes American plotitions so serious he copys their play book.

    3) He wants stricker laws but, yet he canm't obay the laws we already have.

     

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    techie42 (profile), Apr 19th, 2011 @ 9:03am

    Re: Re: the point...

    Sorry my typing is a bit 'off' today...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 19th, 2011 @ 9:55am

    Re: Re: the point...

    Good on you sir. I can't believe he's still sitting.

    There is no Democracy.. only the republic, for which it stands. The people are dragged into war as the Germans were in WWII. Told the transfer of their assets to soverign entities are for their own good, herded and corralled to work for promissory notes and not one voice of descent is ever recorded in err. Then the Internet happened, and everything changed... for a while...

     

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    ltlw0lf (profile), Apr 19th, 2011 @ 12:03pm

    Re: Re: Political Ads? not commercials but political.

    Ok now I am convinced you write these things only as a form of sarcastic commentary.

    I am still not convinced. I used a robot journalism software package and it came up with a better, more coherent comment than Darryl did. Thus, I believe Darryl is nothing more than a bunch of cats pushing keys on a computer.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 19th, 2011 @ 5:06pm

    Re: Re: Re: the point...

    Maybe trade your Canadian keyboard for an American one? ;)

    ...wait, that would probably make things worse...

     

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    darryl, Apr 19th, 2011 @ 9:04pm

    Re: Re: Political Ads? not commercials but political.

    is that the BEST you can do ??

    I thought you were one of Mikes "TOP" attack dogs.

    you can always tell when you are Mike gets desperate as Mike starts to create poor 'articles' such as this one.

    As if ANYONE apart from Mike gives a shit if he uses a few seconds of a game on a promotion.

    If it was from anyone else, that Mikie 'liked' he would be defending them to the hilt with 'fair use' and how terrible copyright laws are.

    Unless it suits him to state otherwise.

    Very two faced.

     

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Apr 19th, 2011 @ 10:51pm

    Is That The Same Darryl?

    Come on, where’s the ruthless copyright troll we have all come to know and love? Your postings just aren’t up to the same standard any more. Are you in fact just some other bozo using the Darryl name?

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Apr 20th, 2011 @ 8:04am

    Re: Re: Re: Political Ads? not commercials but political.

    "If it was from anyone else, that Mikie 'liked' he would be defending them to the hilt with 'fair use' and how terrible copyright laws are."

    As per usual, dumbass, you've completely missed the point of the article. Try to take your head out of your ass long enough to witness:

    Mike isn't criticizing the guy's use of the video. Rather, he's criticizing the guy for insisting on more stringent copyright law EVEN THOUGH he doesn't mind infringing himself. It's hypocrisy.

    Sort of like if you requested someone type with proper grammar, you insignificant twat....

     

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    crade (profile), Apr 20th, 2011 @ 8:31am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Political Ads? not commercials but political.

    proper grammar overrated.

     

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Jul 26th, 2011 @ 7:45pm

    Re: Re: Re: Political Ads? not commercials but political.

    Hey! My cats are very deliberate about which keys they pretend to 'accidentally' press. I don't think Darryl has the same diligence.

     

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