Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

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camcording, canada, copyright, movies, mpaa

So Why Did Canada Need A Special Extra Law For Camcording Movies?

from the remind-us-again dept

Back during the big debate over the need for new laws against "camcording" a movie in Canada, Michael Geist pointed out that existing laws were already perfectly fine in dealing with the problem. Of course, despite all of that, the power of the movie industry lobbyists was too strong and the bill still became law. So, isn't interesting to find out (via Geist again) that a recent arrest for camcording in a movie theater didn't even happen under the new law, but under the old copyright law. So, once again, can someone explain why the MPAA needed that new law and why Canadian politicians agreed to it?

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 7th, 2007 @ 2:42pm


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    NovaScotian (profile), Dec 7th, 2007 @ 2:58pm

    Same Old Reason

    Canadian politicians are like those everywhere -- the like to be perceived as doing something whether it's needed or not. Making camcording movies illegal is a no-brainer; no one will object.

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    Willpower, Dec 7th, 2007 @ 2:59pm

    The Canadian Government tries very hard to encourage Movie Studios to make movies here. If they can give the Movie Studios a PR victory which actually doesn't hurt or hinder Canadians, seems like a win/win. However I fear that they will continue down this path and will do something that causes real harm later.

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    TW Burger, Dec 7th, 2007 @ 3:21pm

    It's in a Politician's Nature

    A politician is a person that seeks the attention and praise of others, as actors do, but has absolutely no talent (and although they usually have a law degree, no professional abilities). History shows politicians (and probably bureaucrats) have always ingratiated themselves to the entertainment industry and will waste enormous public funds to do so. I'm not certain if the government-entertainment relationship is an attempt to achieve vicarious fame on the politicians part for personal reasons or an effort to gain public image through association. What is clear is that the entertainment industry is taking full advantage of this socio-political dynamic and is wasting a great deal of the time and money that was promised by those politicians to be used for the general good and is instead being selfishly and stupidly wasted on this special interest group.

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