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Rights advocate speaks against copyright conviction

Says Montreal video pirate’s case sets a dangerous precedent


The man formerly known as Canada’s biggest video pirate is serving a two-and-a-half month sentence for violating copyright laws in a case that one civil rights advocate says may jeopardize the privacy rights of Canadians. The sentencing of Gérémi Adam, which was handed down after he was convicted of distributing pirated movies and filming a screening in a Montreal theatre has raised the ire of Chris Brand, co-founder of the Vancouver Fair Copyright Coalition. He says new laws passed by the Conservative government in 2007 that make recording movies illegally a criminal offence go too far. “In order to know that I’m not downloading any works illegally, you have to monitor my internet connection. That’s not the kind of society that I want to live in,” he says. Brand also feels that the maximum six month sentence and $25,000 fine for making illegal recordings are too extreme, and that studios would be better off making movies available online for free instead of pressuring governments to fight downloading. “I’d really like to see the day when the movie studios recognize that a lot of the works that get spread around the internet actually act as free advertising for them and get more people into the movie theatres,” he says.

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Rights advocate speaks against copyright conviction

  1. Profiting from the theft of another's intellectual property is now a privacy right? And the solution to this conundrum is for the legitimate owner of the intellectual property to just give it all away for free?


  2. Sure, work hard on your creative endeavour and then let people steal it.

  3. Okay, I'm actually a supporter of reasonable copyright, and strongly anti-pirate, but Brand is either insane or ignorant of how technology is progressing. The way that TV sizes are increasing and movie theatre screens decreasing, a movie studio that starts releasing it's movies for free on the internet is essentially a movie studio that had decided it's going to drive itself bankrupt.

    Perhaps Brand needs to look up what a warrant is.

    • surely he must know that videorecording a movie at a theatre is illegal ….more questionable is how people copy movies …or record movies from tv or the internet and pass them around ..the courts let people do this with vhs tapes ..big business has to get off their butts and figure out how to give people movies and tv shows for cheap or free (with advertising) …..i heard in the usa you can watch most of your tv shows on hulu for free (and legal) …and you can watch more and more movies legally including youtube