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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The_Ducher

Ok so I haven't been following this whole court/legal issue. So can someone inform me of what is going one? And Anonymous has a point. Ad Busters, you guys are great. You show the terrible nature of capitalism and the gov't and you try to make this worl better, but you're an indie magazine. You don't have the unlimited resources to fund a legal battle like this. I know you're trying to do your best but you have to do it in a more economical and effective way. Make a class action lawsuite against them. Get a number of organizations with the same goal asd you and partner it. That way it'll be easier. Or just use the interent and expand your thoughts even more. Advertise on youtube, the radio (which I'm in and it's an amazing way to get your message out) and show the people that haven't even heard of Ad Busters, the truth.

The_Ducher

Ok so I haven't been following this whole court/legal issue. So can someone inform me of what is going one? And Anonymous has a point. Ad Busters, you guys are great. You show the terrible nature of capitalism and the gov't and you try to make this worl better, but you're an indie magazine. You don't have the unlimited resources to fund a legal battle like this. I know you're trying to do your best but you have to do it in a more economical and effective way. Make a class action lawsuite against them. Get a number of organizations with the same goal asd you and partner it. That way it'll be easier. Or just use the interent and expand your thoughts even more. Advertise on youtube, the radio (which I'm in and it's an amazing way to get your message out) and show the people that haven't even heard of Ad Busters, the truth.

sfr

Well you clearly aren't going to let they nay saying, negative assholes who don't believe anything is worthwhile or possible stop you. That's the real power of what you are doing. I'm inspired by your work.

sfr

Well you clearly aren't going to let they nay saying, negative assholes who don't believe anything is worthwhile or possible stop you. That's the real power of what you are doing. I'm inspired by your work.

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