Adbusters' Day in Court

This past Monday, the British Columbia Court of Appeal heard arguments in Adbusters' landmark media democracy suit against Canwest Global and the CBC.
Last Monday we had our day in the British Columbia Court of Appeal. If you've been following the case, you know that we suffered a setback last summer when we lost a decision at the Supreme Court of B.C. in our landmark lawsuit against Canwest Global and the CBC. We appealed that decision, and on Monday arguments were heard from lawyers on both sides. Counsel for Adbusters, Mark Underhill, felt that we received a good hearing before the Court: "This is a challenging case for the Court because Adbusters is seeking to have the Charter of Rights and Freedoms apply to private broadcasters. However, Adbusters is arguing that those broadcasters are in the unique position to control access for expression on the public broadcasting system, thereby potentialling infringing the constitutionally protected expression rights of Canadians. The unique position occupied by broadcasters on the broadcasting system has not been fully considered by the Courts to date and Adbusters therefore argues that their case should be allowed to proceed to a full trial. The Court was very engaged with the issues arising in this appeal, and asked a lot of questions which confirmed that they were carefully considering the merits of Adbusters' position. We were very pleased with how the hearing went and now await the Court's decision." There's no firm timeline yet on when the judges will deliver a decision, but we estimate that the wait will be at least one month and likely longer than that. We'll send you an update at that time. Read more about it on our Media Carta campaign page.

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Anonymous

That is good news. Legal cases can be time consuming and expensive, but a victory in this case would change everything. If we could buy airtime to promote an anti-consumerist lifestyle then we may have a chance at reversing the trainwreck humanity is heading toward.

Anonymous

That is good news. Legal cases can be time consuming and expensive, but a victory in this case would change everything. If we could buy airtime to promote an anti-consumerist lifestyle then we may have a chance at reversing the trainwreck humanity is heading toward.

Anonymous

Airwaves? Hello!! This is 2009! I haven't watched or cared for what's on TV in years. The internet is your biggest airwaves alternative - whatever happened to ABTV? In 1989, yeah it was a big deal. But after two decades of quasi-activism by paying CNN to air your spots (let's face it, the pig is beyond embarassing - an 8-yr-old could make that with a 5-yr-old digital point and shoot) it just doesn't cut it. Move on already and embrace the new, improved world wide web.

Anonymous

Airwaves? Hello!! This is 2009! I haven't watched or cared for what's on TV in years. The internet is your biggest airwaves alternative - whatever happened to ABTV? In 1989, yeah it was a big deal. But after two decades of quasi-activism by paying CNN to air your spots (let's face it, the pig is beyond embarassing - an 8-yr-old could make that with a 5-yr-old digital point and shoot) it just doesn't cut it. Move on already and embrace the new, improved world wide web.

Anonymous

I don't agree with the previous poster who says we should abandon television. I'm sorry, but if we keep fleeing into the cutting edge of technology because we think it is "free" then we will lose. Yes, you and I have probably heard of bittorrent and freenet and all the other fancy ways of getting uncensored information but your average person has not the time nor the ability. Also, there is something to be said for "the medium is the message" -- maybe the important thing is that our message appears on television because the medium lends it a certain legitimacy that cannot be found on the internet. Television is still a medium worth fighting for!

Anonymous

I don't agree with the previous poster who says we should abandon television. I'm sorry, but if we keep fleeing into the cutting edge of technology because we think it is "free" then we will lose. Yes, you and I have probably heard of bittorrent and freenet and all the other fancy ways of getting uncensored information but your average person has not the time nor the ability. Also, there is something to be said for "the medium is the message" -- maybe the important thing is that our message appears on television because the medium lends it a certain legitimacy that cannot be found on the internet. Television is still a medium worth fighting for!

Anonymous

Just saying that after 20 years of trying to get spots on TV why not put all that energy and money (literally $100,000s spent on CNN, etc) into creating a voice that would cut through the chatter. You will never get true, uncensored information from television, you might from the web and radio. When this fight started there was no alternative to getting your news - TV, radio, newspaper. Now the alternatives are incredibly diverse and easily accessible. It's time to acknowledge that, and create something meaningful. If Adbusters wins, what then? Suddenly a 30-second mind bomb on As It Happens that will turn a tide? Your time has come and gone. TV, as you are fighting for it, is dead.

Anonymous

Just saying that after 20 years of trying to get spots on TV why not put all that energy and money (literally $100,000s spent on CNN, etc) into creating a voice that would cut through the chatter. You will never get true, uncensored information from television, you might from the web and radio. When this fight started there was no alternative to getting your news - TV, radio, newspaper. Now the alternatives are incredibly diverse and easily accessible. It's time to acknowledge that, and create something meaningful. If Adbusters wins, what then? Suddenly a 30-second mind bomb on As It Happens that will turn a tide? Your time has come and gone. TV, as you are fighting for it, is dead.

Anonymous

Don't forget the radio, web and print arms of the media conglomerates, including the public broadcasters. They must all contribute their fair share to the "right to communicate". Money currently control access and we very well know that it is not sufficient ground to protect the public interest.

Anonymous

Don't forget the radio, web and print arms of the media conglomerates, including the public broadcasters. They must all contribute their fair share to the "right to communicate". Money currently control access and we very well know that it is not sufficient ground to protect the public interest.

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