CMPDA APPLAUDS CANADIAN GOVERNMENT'S
INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION AIMED AT STOPPING CAMCORDING IN MOVIE
TORONTO, ON -- May 31, 2007 -- The
Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association (CMPDA) praised the
Government of Canada today for announcing that it will introduce a bill
to criminalize the recording of films in Canadian movie theatres.
announcement that an amendment to Canada's Criminal Code will be
introduced in the House of Commons this Friday sends a clear message
that the government recognizes the devastating impact of camcording on
the entire film industry. CMPDA was joined by theatre operators across
the country and the Canadian film industry who strongly support a new
"We commend The
Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage, the
Honourable Robert Douglas Nicholson, Minister of Justice, and the
Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of Industry for taking decisive
action to combat the most significant threat facing our industry," said
Doug Frith, President of the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors
Association. "We look forward to the introduction of the bill on Friday
and to ensuring Canada has a law to deter criminals who steal films by
taking the images right off the screen."
piracy, whether DVD piracy or internet piracy, begins with a stolen
film, and today most newly released pirated films come from camcording
in movie theatres. Movies that are camcorded are the source for an
avalanche of illegal copies that are sold and distributed in digital
form on the Internet and as DVDs in street markets worldwide.
The Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association
serves as the voice and advocate of the major studios of the Motion
Picture Association of America (MPAA) whose distribution divisions
market feature films, pay TV, prime time entertainment programming for
television and DVDs in Canada. Its members include: Buena Vista
Pictures Distribution; Paramount Pictures; Sony Pictures Entertainment
Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal City Studios
LLLP; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
study aimed at producing a more accurate picture of the impact that
piracy has on the film industry including, for the first time, losses
due to Internet piracy, recently calculated that the CMPDA related
studios lost US$6.1 billion to worldwide piracy in 2005.
Canada has been
a major and growing source of camcorded films that end up as pirated
discs and on the Internet distributed around the world. Overall in
2006, Canadian camcords were the source of approximately 20-25% of all
illegally-camcorded CMPDA member company films that have appeared
either online or as a pirated DVD.
information on the CMPDA, see www.cmpda.org.
information on the MPAA and its global activities, see www.mpaa.org.