Ottawa To Tackle Pirates of the Canadians, Again

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The pic is a sizeable victory for Disney Studios chair Rich Ross and director Rob Marshall, as well as producer Jerry Bruckheimer (it also proves that Depp has lost none of his charm as Captain Jack Sparrow). On Stranger Tides—the first film in the franchise to be released in 3D—has done far better overseas, where it has grossed $774.7 million to date. Domestically, it’s grossed $234.5 million.

The Canadian government is to make a fourth attempt at copyright reform for the digital age at the urging of Hollywood, with success likely now that the ruling Conservatives control the House of Commons in Ottawa.

TORONTO – Hollywood’s piracy fight is back on in Canada.

The Canadian government is at work on a fourth attempt at domestic copyright reform to get Canada off the U.S. movie piracy list.

An earlier third attempt to pass the Copyright Modernization Act by the ruling Conservatives was thwarted by a spring 2011 federal election call.

After the Conservatives secured long-sought control of Parliament in Ottawa, the new federal industry minister Christian Paradis on Tuesday signalled his government will reintroduce a version of Bill C-32 in the upcoming Fall session.

The Conservatives last year introduced Bill C-32 after being shamed by the office of the U.S. Trade Representative into cracking down on copyright infringement.

Ottawa's last attempt at copyright reform legislation proposed to amend the federal Copyright Act to bar Canadians from picking a digital lock on music, film or any entertainment product protected from duplication.

The Motion Pictures Association of Canada, which represents the interests of the major studios here, urged Ottawa to clean up the former Bill C-32 legislation to introduce meaningful copyright reform.

“We urge the federal government to introduce a new copyright bill that fixes the critical drafting flaws of the previous bill and establishes an effective, modern copyright framework that fully implements the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) 1997 Internet Treaties and is consistent with international best practices,” a spokesman for MPAC said.

High on the studios’ wish list are rules to make online piracy illegal, stopping the distribution of bootleg content and supporting a legitimate digital marketplace.