The Director General of Copyright Policy at Canadian Heritage has been forced out of her position after revelations that she may have been involved in a "personal relationship" with the head of the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association, an ally of the Motion Picture Association of America. The revelation concerning Patricia Neri has raised questions about whether the recent quick passage of a Canadian law that bans camcording in theaters may have been influenced by her alleged relationship with CMPDA chief Douglas Frith. Published reports noted that when Neri appeared as a witness before a Senate hearing on the camcording bill, Frith was sitting close by. The Hill Times, which covers Canadian politics, commented Monday, "If these reports are true, it surely creates at least a perceived conflict of interest, contrary to Government Ethics Guidelines, on a file that is very controversial. ... Public confidence in the copyright process will be undermined if there is not a frank and full disclosure about who knew what and when."




25/09/2007