An Act to amend the Criminal Code (unauthorized recording of a movie)

Bill C-59: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (unauthorized recording of a movie) was tabled in the House of Commons earlier today. It is a short bill (6-page PDF, with more than half being overhead of title page/etc). It focuses entirely on the issue of recording audio or video in theatres. The bill itself seems to fall within what I was hoping, but I still expect the media, lobbiests, and misinformed politicians try to use this as a thin edge of the wedge to try to gain support for far more controversial laws.

Please see Michael Geist's BLOG posting for an analysis.

This bill is not a Copyright bill in that while it references definitions in the Copyright act, it only modifies the Criminal Code.

One-sentence introduction to the house (Hansard):

Criminal Code

Hon. Greg Thompson (for the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)
moved for leave to introduce Bill C-59, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (unauthorized recording of a movie).

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

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This is sick

lets all become the next state not !!!!!

Ive already sent my MP a letter on this and other issues

Canada was a great country worth fighting for

with goverments like this I think I will spare my life there not worthy of it

Spinless Twits !!!!!!!

My 2 watts

The Bill or the success of the Lobbying?

I am wondering if your opposition is based on the lobbying or based on the bill? While I worry that this is the thin edge of the wedge, there are other interpretations with the lobbying. If they are given this useless bill, it will take off some of the pressure to table and pass controversial bills (IE: implementation/ratification of the 1996 WIPO treaties which would decimate the rights of software authors and hardware owners without actually benefiting any copyright holders).

While I believe C-59 is worthless (I'm not convinced there is enough camcordering going on in Canada to warrant spending the time to pass this), I read it thinking about unintended consequences and nothing comes to mind. If anyone can think of harmful unintended consequences I am going to want to hear about them.

Any chance you are willing to post your letter to your MP?


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