Vancouver Sun

Judge orders edit of documentar­y


A B.C. Supreme Court judge has ordered a filmmaker to remove about five minutes of video from a documentar­y that criticizes the Vancouver Aquarium. Judge Jeanne Watchuk granted the aquarium an injunction and has instructed Gary Charbonnea­u to remove 15 video segments from the hour-long film within seven days. The aquarium is suing the North Vancouver filmmaker for alleged copyright violation, but Charbonnea­u contends the material is covered by the fair dealing provision of the Copyright Act. Watchuk told the court the issues are for a trial judge to decide. Outside court, Charbonnea­u called the decision a victory and says the film’s main message will not be disturbed. The Vancouver Aquarium says in a statement it’s pleased with the decision.

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