Canada’s public service broadcaster, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has filed a lawsuit against the Conservative Party of Canada for copyright infringement over clips used in an online advert attacking incumbent Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reportedly said that the defendant was involved in an unauthorized use of copyright-protected material and posted an advert on its website, notasadvertised.ca
According to the lawsuit, CBC alleges that the video featured clips from CBC television shows including “the National”, “Power & Politics”, footage of a Trudeau town hall that was broadcast on the network.
The plaintiff reportedly said that the video was used as part of the Conservative Party’s campaign for the upcoming federal elections, which will be held next Monday, October 21.
The video was removed from their website on Thursday, October 10 after correspondence from the broadcaster.
In another development, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has decided to amend the lawsuit in order to avoid any confusion about the role of Rosemary Barton and John Paul Tasker, the journalists who featured in the video.
In reaction, the Conservative Party reportedly said that “we had 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”.