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April 11th, 2009

Adbusters Wins Appeal

Adbusters Wins Appeal

From Adbusters:
Adbusters Wins Legal Victory
“Adbusters Media Foundation, the publisher of Adbusters magazine, has won an important appeal in its case against the CBC and Global Television Network. Adbusters initiated a landmark legal action against the media companies for refusing to sell airtime to Adbusters for its social marketing television campaigns.

In a unanimous decision released on Friday, April 3, the BC Court of Appeal overturned a previous BC Supreme Court ruling. Adbusters can now take its case against the media conglomerates to the BC Supreme Court.

Since 1989 Adbusters has attempted to purchase airtime from major commercial broadcasters in order to air its socially-minded public service spots. Routinely denied by network executives in Canada and the US, Adbusters is often left with little to no explanation as to why these citizen-produced messages are being censored. The case against the CBC and Global Television Network Inc. was brought about because Adbusters believes that the Canadian Charter grants every Canadian the right to access the public airwaves; to walk into their local TV stations and purchase 30-seconds of airtime under the same rules and conditions as advertising agencies do.”

Whoa, I remember reading about this back in college. I’m impressed they’ve had the commitment to pursue their case for so long. The unanimous decision is also impressive.

You can watch two of their non-commercials here.

Posted by Vixen as News, Activism at 11:14 AM CDT

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