Conservatives OK to have used CBC footage in election attack ads, court rules

A federal court says the CBC was wrong to attempt to block the Conservative Party from using short, CBC-owned video clips of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in their election campaign.

TORONTO — A court has decided the Conservative party was within its rights to use CBC news footage for election attack ads.

In a decision today, Federal Court found use of the material amounted to fair dealing.

The public broadcaster had argued the party's use infringed copyright.

CBC also said it was damaging to its integrity and impartiality.

However, the judge found, all things considered, the use in the ads and tweets was fair.

He said there was no evidence the situation had damaged the broadcaster.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 13, 2021.

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