Feeds

Wikileaks: Canadian piracy arrests were favor to movie biz man

TorrentFreak blames ‘cammer’ overdose death on harassment

High performance access to file storage

A report on TorrentFreak has linked the overdose death of a Canadian “cammer” (someone who records movies in cinemas on Webcams) to his arrest by the Mounties, even though his activities weren’t a crime in that country.

According to a Wikileaks-published cable, Royal Canadian Mounted Police were reluctant to take an interest in camming, preferring to “focus their IPR enforcement resources on violations that have a public safety dimension (such as counterfeit pharmaceuticals) or that cause serious financial losses.”

The cable goes onto note that the “lack of an anti-camcording provision in Canada's criminal code introduces a significant "gray area" into the legality of bringing a video recorder into a movie theater.” This, it says, contributed to the RCMP’s indifference to Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association demands for arrests of cammers.

The CMPDA’s case wasn’t helped by the Motion Picture Association’s loose attitude to data. The cable notes that MPA data which had once claimed that half of the world’s movie piracy could be traced to camming in Canada, “new figures indicate that this percentage is closer to 18 percent”.

“The lack of hard data regarding the extent of theatre camcording in Montreal and its financial impact is a source of difficulty in conveying the need for the inclusion of an anti-camcording provision in Canada’s criminal code”, the cable states.

However, the CMPDA wanted arrests, and according to the cable, it eventually got its wish. Someone described in the cable as “a major player”, and identified by TorrentFreak as the late Geremi Adam (who posted copied movies as MaVen), was arrested and released twice by the RCMP.

According to the cable, “RCMP officers stated that they arrested the individual "as a personal favor" to a CMPDA official”.

The link from the cable to Adam is made by TorrentFreak. The rest of his sad story is that he was summoned to appear in court in 2008 and failed to appear. He was eventually jailed for two and a half months, completed his sentence in 2010, and died one week later from a drug overdose. ®

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
One year on: diplomatic fail as Chinese APT gangs get back to work
Mandiant says past 12 months shows Beijing won't call off its hackers
Whoever you vote for, Google gets in
Report uncovers giant octopus squid of lobbying influence
Lavabit loses contempt of court appeal over protecting Snowden, customers
Judges rule complaints about government power are too little, too late
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google
'Irrelevant' character evidence should be excluded – lawyers
EFF: Feds plan to put 52 MILLION FACES into recognition database
System would identify faces as part of biometrics collection
Putin tells Snowden: Russia conducts no US-style mass surveillance
Gov't is too broke for that, Russian prez says
Ex-Tony Blair adviser is new top boss at UK spy-hive GCHQ
Robert Hannigan to replace Sir Iain Lobban in the autumn
Alphadex fires back at British Gas with overcharging allegation
Brit colo outfit says it paid for 347KVA, has been charged for 1940KVA
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.