The anti-camera laws of Canada have their first convict
Canada has its first convict under the controversial Bill – C59 edict. A man was found guilty of filming the movie “Sweeney Todd” in Calgary on the day of his presentation. The 21-year-old was fined $ 1,495 and punished with one year “on probation” (probation). During this time he is banned from accessing the cinemas and can not possess any kind of video recorder, even that of a mobile phone. At least he has avoided jail.
major of filming films with a camera, claiming that 50% of the copies of that type of films originated in this country. The controversial claims caused panic and quickly the pesonal of the cinemas was equipped with night vision goggles, in order to hunt pitatas.
On December 21, 2007, Richard Craig Lissaman from Calgary hid a camcorder on his clothes and went to the Empire Studio 16 cinema. There the young man attended the matinee show of the Johnny Deep film “Sweeney Todd” on the day of his opening. Sitting on the left side of the back of the cinema, Lissaman hid the camera in a stocking and hid the LED lights in his camera with adhesive cloth to avoid detection.
Lissaman was unaware that an investigation funded by the US and Canadian film industry had been under the radar for months – and his luck was about to end. According to Crown prosecutor Rob Bassett, “the lights in the room were lit, the movie was stopped and the Calgary police arrested him. The defendant later admitted that he had recorded the movie. ”
Accused of the charge of unauthorized recording of a movie, Lissaman is the second person in Canada to be charged under the new legislation designed to destroy the pirates of camcorder. Previously under the laws of Canada the authorities had to prove that the film recorded with the camcorder was intended for sale, rent or other distribution, in order to obtain legal punishment. But with the changes made on June 1, 2007, any image recorded without consent can reach a prison sentence of up to two years.
Yesterday, Lissaman, now 21 years old, was found guilty and sentenced by Judge Catherine Skene with a $ 1,495 fine and 12 months on probation. During this period, Lissaman is excluded from attending any movie theater and is prohibited from possessing any video recording equipment, including cell phones with video cameras.
Virginia Jones, a director of police and legal affairs for the Film Dealers Association of Canada said: “We would have liked to have been punished with a jail term, to send a more resounding message. We hope this is just a starting point. “