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Canadian Government Targets Satellite Pirates

By | September 5, 2003

      The Canadian government is working on legislation that would clamp down on individuals and companies who steal satellite TV signals, as well as those who make devices designed to illegally decode signals. According to industry figures, illegal decoding costs the Canadian broadcasting system as much as C$400 million (US$291.5 million) per year.

      Industry Minister Allan Rock and Canadian Heritage Minister Sheila Copps are currently drafting amendments to the country’s Radiocommunication Act that would target illegal imports of satellite equipment, beef up penalties for pirates, and expand rights for companies to take legal actions against pirates.

      For more on this story, see the Sept. 8 issue of SATELLITE NEWS. For info on subscribing to PBI Media’s satellite newsletters, check out our Web site at

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