Canadian entertainment industry begs Chinese courts to censor its movies


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/07/01/shitty-canada-day-gift.html


#2

I think a Saudi court can decide if I can enjoy porn only if American authorities start enforcing Saudi law. (Cue right-wing heads exploding.) That would only happen if the US Trade Representative…

Oh my God.


#3

Happy 150th f-cking Canada Day, world! We’re taking over.

I hope you enjoy your new oppressors as much as I do.


#4

Sorry…!


#5

And the drumbeat of the global fascist movement grows louder.


#6

OTOH - the can slap down Trumpcare should it pass and mandate single payer.


#7

Does the entertainment industry particularly care if the internet ceases to become useful for distributing movies?


#8

Probably not.


#9

Wait, the Chinese government has decided to censure Ghostbuster for ‘supernatural themes’?!

Really?

I don’t get it (I mean, there are plenty of supernatural movies made in mainland China)


#11

I have just convened the Supreme Ultracourt of Upper Svobenia and we (a small statue of Cthulhu, myself, and my imaginary childhood friend Karl) unanimously agreed that the manufacture and consumption of poutine is now illegal. Worldwide. Further, Quebec is now no longer a part of Canada, and is, now, to be split lengthwise between Vermont and Maine. New Brunswick is abolished.

Also your health system will be redesigned by 4chan’s /pol board with the proposal with the longest comment thread being put in place as of October.

Tough cookies, but that’s what the court says.


#12

Well, ghosts in particular can be problematic because in China very often ghost stories have contained deeper, potentially political, meanings.

Also, these movies you refer to, what kind are they? I’m under the impression that in mainland China, a filmmaker might could work in a little bit of the supernatural in a light, fantasy setting (or martial arts), but it’s definitely not going to be permitted in anything even remotely spooky. (Unless it’s all explained away, Scooby-Doo style at the end. I think that’s been gotten away with a bit.)


#13

[quote]
“Today, you can pay to watch a video of Mel Brooks’s The Producers online,” he said. “But that movie has to be heavily redacted in Germany thanks to that country’s ban on depictions of swastikas, even in parodies.”[/quote]

That’s simply not true. The German law banning the swastika and other Nazi symbols has specific exceptions carved out for educational and artistic purposes, so books, TV shows, films, stage plays, etc. (which are not explicitly pro-Nazi propaganda) can show Nazi symbols in their historical context. (There’s also an exemption for traditional religious contexts, so Hindu and Buddhist temples can use swastikas.)

I just checked the German Amazon website, and The Producers is available (free if you’re Prime subscriber). You can even watch it dubbed into German (except for the musical numbers, which are still in English). All the swastikas are there.


#14

Alt-right is going to have a field day with this news, dammit Canada smh, what’s worse is that they won’t throw this under fake news >_>


#15

Everyone knows this is about a Canadian company who are trying to stop counterfeits of their products from being sold online? Seems kind of unlikely that it will be considered in relation to cases involving movie censorship.


#16

And the court seems to have lost track of the underlying case, fixated on the “on the Internet” part.

https://www.law.utoronto.ca/blog/faculty/google-v-equustek-unnecessarily-hard-cases-make-unnecessarily-bad-law


#17

This is the quickest and most efficient way to get google.ca shut down entirely.


#18

And drop the Canadian Supreme Court from worldwide search results.


#19

I don’t think telling companies or individuals that want to do business or live in Canada that they will be penalized in Canada for engaging in or supporting criminal activity elsewhere is a bad idea. Give child molesters etc. a safe haven, I think not.


#20

How did we jump to child molesters here?


#21

Just tossing out an extreme to make a point.