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1/1 The current attempts to de-platform @CPC_HQ ads is nothing new. Just prior to the 2015 election, Peter Mansbridge was upset by this Conservative political ad. So he emailed Jennifer McGuire, the CBC's editor-in-chief, demanding something be done to stop it. #cdnpoli
2/4 So the CBC editor-in-chief contacted the heads of Bell Media, Shaw Media and Rogers to organize a boycott of the Conservative ad, and others like it, if they use news footage. #cdnpoli You can read their emails here:
3/4 Even though CBC lawyers insisted news footage in political ads is allowed under statutory 'fair dealing' exemptions in the Copyright Act, the Media Consortium issued their decree: They would refuse to air political ads which they did not explicitly approve. #cdnpoli
But the CBC-led media consortium was just plain wrong. Their decree was contrary to the Copyright Act, and their anti-competitive collusion was a probable violation of the Competition Act. Copyright experts like @mgeist noticed, and were appalled.
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