January 25, 2007

International Trade Policy [6:10 pm]

Hollywood blames Canada for half of movie piracypdf

As much as 50 per cent of the world’s pirated movies come from Canada, prompting the film industry to threaten to delay the release of new titles in this country.

According to an investigation by Twentieth Century Fox, most of the illegal recording, or “camcording,” is taking place in Montreal movie houses, taking advantage of bilingual releases and lax copyright laws.

“In Quebec, it is much more advantageous because you get both English and French. You cover a bigger part of the world,” said Ellis Jacob, chief executive of the Cineplex Entertainment theatre chain. “They are using Canada because they can have the movie out on the street in the Philippines and China before it even releases there.”

Jacob said he was warned in a letter from Bruce Snyder, president of Fox’s domestic distribution, that if Canada doesn’t do something to curb its growing piracy problem, Hollywood will.

Later: Michael Geist begs to differ; Slashdot discussion: Canadian Movie Piracy Claims Mostly Fiction?

Later: US Group Wants Canada Blacklisted Over Piracy

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