Canadian Parliament urges Netflix to compensate town after using footage of real-life disaster in ‘Bird Box’

Canada’s Parliament passed a motion deriding Netflix of stock footage from a real-life disaster in Quebec in 2013. While non-binding, it’s a harsh rebuke of the streaming platform as well as an official call to compensate the people affected by the tragedy.

As previously reported, the hit film “Bird Box” has been criticized for using footage of the real-life Lac-Megantic train derailment that saw more than 40 people killed and dozens of homes and businesses were destroyed by the ensuing crude oil spill.

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The mayor of Lac-Megantic, Julie Morin, previously criticized the company for its use of the footage and even told local reporters, “I don’t know if this is happening all the time,” she told a local outlet, “but we are looking for assurances from Netflix that. . . they are going to remove them. You can be sure we are going to follow up on this, and our citizens are on our side.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Parliament voted to demand Netflix remove all the images of the disaster from its film, which is used to demonstrate the growing fictional apocalypse. The company issued an apology for offending anyone, but has refused to remove the images arguing that it licensed them from a third-party vendor, Pond 5.

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It’s worth noting that when Pond 5 immediately issued an apology and promised to review its source material in an effort to prevent future mishaps and even warned all others that bought the footage of its origin.

Pierre Nantel, a legislator who introduced the motion to Parliament, told The Hollywood Reporter that he simply cannot accept Netflix’s decision to keep the footage in the film.

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“We know people are going to go and watch this film, and again these real images will be used,” he said. “For people in Lac-Megantic, they saw images of their own downtown burning, and could imagine their own family members in it.”

Representatives from Netflix did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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