MAY 24, 2002
TWO TORONTO MEN BUSTED USING CAMCORDER TO TAPE STAR WARS FROM MOVIE SCREEN
(FVSO News Release)
On Tuesday, May 21, 2002, the Toronto Police Service arrested two Toronto residents for using a hand-held camcorder to videotape the film Star Wars: Episode II - attack of the Clones, off the movie screen.
The two men, Alexander BADOV and Michael DOWDALL, both 19 years of age, were arrested by the police as they exited the PARAMOUNT TORONTO theatre at 259 Richmond Street West. The police confiscated the camcorder and the illegal tape. Both men were charged under the Copyright Act which carries penalties on conviction of substantial fines and/or jail terms.
"Camcording a movie off the screen is no different than walking into a local video store and stealing a movie off the shelves. The motion picture industry takes this type of activity very seriously and we intend to support the prosecution in any way possible," said Jim Sweeney, Ontario Regional Representative of the Film & Video Security Office.
"This camcorded copy could have been used as a master to create illegal copies for upload onto the Internet or for sale as hard goods such as DVDs or videocassettes. We are grateful to the Toronto Police Service for their efforts in fighting piracy in Canada."
The Film & Video Security Office of the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association investigates video piracy, cable signal piracy and satellite signal piracy across Canada. As Ontario Regional Representative, Jim Sweeney supervises all such investigations within Ontario.