First Conviction Under Anti-Camcording Law

Alberta has produced what appears to be Canada’s first anti-camcording conviction.

Revisions to the criminal code, which target movie piracy in theatres, were used to obtain a conviction against a Calgary man who was banned from movie theatres for a year and fined $1,500. The convicted man was also prohibited from purchasing or owning video recording equipment during his probation period. There does not appear to be any evidence that he was in the business of distributing or uploading pirated videos. The Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association was apparently pressing for jail time.

Calgary – 20:45 MST

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