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ISPs now obligated to advise users of suspected copyright infringement (Canada)

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ISPs now obligated to advise users of suspected copyright infringement (Canada)

Starting 2015, Canadians can expect to receive warning notices if they are suspected of downloading copyright-protected materials from the Internet.

Changes to copyright law that came into effect Thursday require Internet service providers (ISPs) to pass along notices of alleged copyright infringement.

Previously, this was a voluntary activity.

ISPs must also retain records of the notices they receive and forward to users for at least six months in case a copyright owner decides to pursue legal action.

Search engines like Google are also affected by the so-called Notice and Notice regime.

Within 30 days of being advised that allegedly infringing material has been taken down from a website, they must remove any copies of that material (such as cached versions). If they don't comply, copyright owners could pursue legal action and claim damages.

"It formalizes a voluntary practice aimed at discouraging online copyright infringement, provides copyright owners with a tool to enforce their rights and respects the interests and freedoms of users," an Industry Canada news release said in June, when the changes were announced.

The government said the new regulations were crafted in consultation with more than a dozen ISPs and more than 35 copyright owners or creator organizations including representation from the music, film and literary industries.

One of those consulted was the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, which in a Nov. statement warned the new system might be "susceptible to abuse," and expressed concern that it could overburden service providers.

Also introduced in the new regulations: a mandatory review of the Copyright Act every five years.

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by mrbcs (737902) Alter Relationship on Saturday January 03, 2015 @12:59AM (#48721915)
The big thing that people miss is: They can only sue for the value of goods downloaded. AND they must prove that. No fishing.

This is not Canada bending over for Amerika, It's Harper saying "Screw you" you're not going to threaten Canadians.

If, for example, I go buy a movie, then download a version for my media centre, I have not committed a crime. I have paid for it. If I download it, and have not bought a copy, and they catch me, they can only sue me for $20 for the copy, not millions like the states.

There will not be any 6 million lawsuits here.

If the media companies weren't so stupid, they would price it properly and no-one would pirate. Who needs to pirate any songs anymore? I can just fire up Spotify and listen to whatever I want. If the movie industry ever pulls their heads out of their asses, we'll have the same for movies.


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