a) smear the Harper government
b) protect its candidate, Justin Trudeau, and
c) limit free speech
Hmmm, to me this smells like illegal collusion by the Media Party network weasels. (Update: Apparently it does to others, too. See BC Blue.)
Here's Brian's column on the history of this dating back to 1988 when the Liberals took the opposite position:
In November 1988, the Liberal Party of Canada went to court to force CBC and CTV to carry their attack ads against Brian Mulroney and his Progressive Conservatives.So now the networks are trying to pull the same bullcrap, this time supported by the Liberals? Outrageous!
... The networks claimed they owned the video footage in question and said the Liberal party’s use of it infringed on their copyright. The networks lost and were forced to run the ads; they were also turned down on appeal by the Supreme Court.
My only question is, if the SCOC has already ruled on this, what do the Conservatives want to change? PM Harper and others have already stated that the Copyright law, as is, is sufficient.
Speaking of outrageous, here's that twit, Don Martin, accusing the Conservatives of "flirting with fascism".
More here and here.