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    CBC, Rosemary Barton launch lawsuit against Conservative Party of Canada

    https://www.thepostmillennial.com/cb...-infringement/

    CBC and Rosemary Barton are suing Conservative Party of Canada for copyright infringement
    Graeme Gordon, 1 min ago 4 min read

    The CBC and The National host Rosemary Barton are suing the Conservative Party of Canada for copyright infringement over CBC clips used on the CPC’s “Not as Advertised” website attacking Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, as well as for using CBC debate clips on the CPC Twitter feed.

    “The CBC obviously has rights as the copyright owner in its broadcast, but those rights are constrained by limitations and exceptions under the law that allow for use of its work without the need for further permission,” said University of Ottawa copyright law professor Michael Geist in a blog post, arguing the Conservative’s had the right under fair dealing to use the CBC excerpts, much like CBC borrows pieces of others’ work in its reporting.

    The lawsuit was filed on Thursday and argues the CPC violated the moral rights of CBC journalists John Paul Tasker and Rosemary Barton and its use of CBC content could confuse viewers to believe the public broadcaster is biased for the Conservatives, which goes against the public braodcaster’s mandate.

    This is not good: @CBC filed a copyright lawsuit against @CPC_HQ yesterday, resulting in removal of a campaign video and tweets. The claim even covered using excerpts from the leaders’ debate on their Twitter feed. Details and the claim at https://t.co/GruheeztpL #Elxn43 pic.twitter.com/OrO4tF4vrZ
    — Michael Geist (@mgeist) October 11, 2019

    Ironically, many Canadians have instead been accusing the CBC of being biased for the Trudeau Liberals, including the journalism of Barton herself, who has a history of showing favouritism for the Liberal leader and his government, including taking an affectionate selfie with Trudeau to share on social media as well as asking him friendly frivolous questions in an end of year interview in 2018.

    Barton has also made recent partial comments live on air, such as how the Trudeau government’s large deficits don’t matter or that the RCMP are “just asking a few questions” regarding the SNC Lavalin scandal investigation.

    “Moreover, the claim over short clips over debate footage is enormously troubling, considering both the importance of broad dissemination of the debate and the fact that the debate involves little specific contribution for any individual broadcaster,” continued Geist in his post assessing the lawsuit. “CBC has an unfortunate history of overzealous use of copyright to stifle freedom of expression and that approach appears to have reared its head yet again as the 2019 campaign hits the home stretch.”

    CBC’s lawsuit has had a chilling effect, with the video under question already being pulled from the CPC’s YouTube channel.

    In 2015, Barton’s predecessor and mentor Peter Mansbridge also complained to CBC management about the CPC using some interview footage between him and Trudeau that included an embarrassing response from the Liberal leader in response to the Boston Bombing attack.

    Mansbridge himself has been questioned for his partiality for the Liberals after his fawning interview with Trudeau the day he was sworn in as PM and his close friendship with Liberal partisan Bruce Anderson, who he regularly had on The National when he was the host.

    Other political parties routinely use clips from broadcasters and haven’t typically been sued.

    Outside of this recent action, the CBC has also been called out for multiple other instances of favourable Liberal connections or actions.

    CBC journalist and parliamentary press gallery member Katie Simpson, for example, was questioned on why she would use a picture of a smiling Trudeau as her background on Twitter. (She’s since changed it.)

    Question ⁦@CBCKatie⁩

    We on Twitter take special time effort to use photo on our twitter page to send a message of who we are or what’s important to us.

    What does you choice mean?

    Even as you might have a reason that you may say is not liberal biased – it looks it. pic.twitter.com/aOszIQyowl
    — Manny_Ottawa (@manny_ottawa) October 11, 2019

    The CBC is also still collaborating with a survey company–that also received lucrative contracts from the Liberal government–to create its Vote Compass, an unscientific survey that tells voters which party they are most aligned with and in the past has been accused of favouring the Liberals.

    Last week another CBC journalist wrote an incorrect “analysis” piece that claimed the B.C. carbon tax was revenue neutral, the same claim the Liberals are making about their own carbon tax, which Barton tweeted out. It took the public broadcaster 18 hours to properly correct the mistake and neither the journalist who wrote it or Barton made note of it online after sharing incorrect information.

    During the 2015 election, Trudeau promised the CBC an additional $150 million annually to its well over a billion it receives in government subsidies annually.

    During the campaign, Trudeau himself also joked about how his government would always provide preferential treatment to the CBC, while passing forward poutine.

    “The Liberal Party always supports the CBC,” Justin Trudeau jokes as he gives a CBC journalist an order of poutine while on the campaign trail Monday.
    More #elxn43 coverage: https://t.co/ir9WSRTwJM pic.twitter.com/WoSEKNwc2A
    — Globalnews.ca (@globalnews) September 17, 2019

    On Thursday night, Barton questioned whether other journalists are legitimate, this after a court forced Trudeau government appointed Leaders’ debate commission to allow journalists who were critical of Trudeau into the event.

    Journalism is a critical part of democracy. And just because someone says they are a journalist doesn’t make them so.
    — Rosemary Barton (@RosieBarton) October 11, 2019

    In response to the lawsuit, the Conservative party has sent out a mailer in which it argues it has the right to use short clips from the CBC.

    When CPC Leader Andrew Scheer ran for the Conservative leadership he said he would scrap the CBC News division, but he has since backtracked on that promise, instead saying CBC needs to refocus on Canadian stories.

    Mainstream journalists such as media critic and Canadaland founder Jesse Brown have said the CPC is completely within the realm of fair dealing and it not violating copyright.

    Conservatives say in their latest mailer that they should be allowed to take short clips of CBC news footage and use them for political ads.

    And they're right. pic.twitter.com/kmqaeI58BQ
    — Jesse Brown (@JesseBrown) October 11, 2019
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    CPC response:


    Statement from the Conservative Party regarding the lawsuit filed by CBC

    October 11, 2019

    Yesterday the Conservative Party received notice from lawyers representing the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) informing us they would be suing over the use of news clips in a Conservative Party social media video.

    The Conservative Party has grave concern that this decision was made on the eve of an election that CBC is to be covering fairly and objectively. The Conservative Party considers this a complete distraction in the final days of a tightly contested election, and we will dispute this lawsuit fully.

    The video in question was removed from our platforms well before CBC lawyers made the decision to file their lawsuit.

    The 17 seconds of CBC clips in the video included Andrew Coyne highlighting how Justin Trudeau broke the law, Justin Trudeau telling a Canadian war veteran that he is “asking for more than we can give right now”, and one CBC reporter questioning why the Liberals provided Loblaws with $12 million in tax dollars to install new refrigerators.

    CBC is a taxpayer-funded entity, tasked with covering this election fairly and objectively. Canadians pay the funding CBC receives. Canadians pay the salaries for those employed at CBC. Simply, Canadians own CBC.

    When you are funded entirely by taxpayer dollars, taxpayers should be able to use the footage.

    The Copyright Act provides for fair dealing.

    Elections Canada provided further clarification on a September 11th posting to their website, namely:

    Question 35. Can a political ad contain a “news clip” without the approval of the broadcaster?
    Answer: Prior to the election period, broadcasters can decline to run a political ad on any grounds they choose, provided they treat all parties on an equitable basis. However, during the election period, they are not entitled to decline an ad unless the broadcast would be in contravention of the law. If a news clip is relatively short and is not a substantial part of the audiovisual work from which it was taken, the broadcast of the news clip in a political ad would not infringe the copyright of the owner of the audiovisual work and would not require the permission of that owner to be broadcast.

    Instead, CBC is using taxpayer dollars to sue a major political party ten days before a national election in this country.

    https://www.conservative.ca/statemen...-filed-by-cbc/
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    Quote Originally Posted by SwissArmyMan View Post
    I hope Scheer gets in Office then they can cut their funding to a skeleton.
    And by skeleton, you mean nothing, nada, zero, right ? I want to see a tax on national media outlets that raises $600 million.
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    Their filing claims CPC using clips gives people the impression CBC is biased.

    CPC, Liberals, NDP Greens, ect have used CBC footage in ads.

    Yet they are only suing the CPC
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    Quote Originally Posted by soulchaser View Post
    Their filing claims CPC using clips gives people the impression CPC is biased.
    The CPC is no more biased than you are.

    Yeah, that's a typo

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    The ad in question:

    https://twitter.com/HoCStaffer/statu...22717650800645

    You will notice the 17 or so seconds of CBC footage the CPC used makes Trudeau look like an idiot
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    Quote Originally Posted by RangeBob View Post
    The CPC is no more biased than you are.

    Yeah, that's a typo
    Actually I did it twice. You only caught one.

    You're slipping.
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    You have to hand it to them, when they play dirty, they do it better.

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