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So far it seems no-one is proclaiming this trade enforcement is censorship. This is a refreshing change from the infamous Glad Day Bookshops case in Ontario. Back in 2000, the Ontario Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations seized 1 (one) adult video from a retailer, for the similar offence of selling a copy of a film that had not been reviewed and approved. The retailer lost in court, then won on appeal. New laws were introduced, but in the end the government requirement to review and approve all films remained.
We expect our government to protect us from lamps that catch fire, and films that are criminally obscene. True, not all counterfeit and/or unapproved lamps are fire hazards, and not all counterfeit and/or unapproved films are criminally obscene. However, retailers of any product, including films, need to respect the regulations that apply to their business.