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.

The 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 anti-camcording law.

"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."

All movie 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.

About The Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association
The CMPDA 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.

About Movie Piracy
A comprehensive 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.

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