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The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has lost a lawsuit against the Conservative Party over the use of CBC footage in campaign ads in 2019. In his decision on Thursday, Judge Michael Phelan said the CBC did not prove that the Conservative Party harmed them by using CBC footage during the 2019 federal election. As a result, the court sided with the Conservative Party and ordered the CBC to pay their legal costs. “In summary, this is a case about political criticism and whether the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Société Radio-Canada [CBC] can prevent political parties from using CBC’s copyright protected works for this purpose,” he wrote. “The CBC has not established that it has suffered some adverse impacts from the Respondents’ use of its Works in the “attack ads”, nor should such adverse impacts be assumed.” “This court’s judgement is that the application is dismissed with costs at the usual scale.” “CBC was supposed to cover the Conservative Party fairly during the election. Instead, CBC was launching a failed lawsuit against the party. Today, CBC lost that lawsuit. They should apologize for launching it & reveal the legal bills they charged taxpayers,” tweeted Poilievre.

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