Canadian ISPs Are Required to Notify InfringersAdded: Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
Since 2015, Canadian ISPs will have to send out copyright infringement notices to their subscribers. Although this notification scheme will provide a safe harbor for broadband providers, it can also lead to increase in piracy settlement schemes. Moreover, the new legislation can cause troubles for VPN providers that are now required to log customers for at least 6 months.
The new Canadian law represents big improvements in terms of fair use and non-commercial file-sharing. The legislation introduces a “notice-and-notice” policy for Internet service providers as well. According to it, the ISPs and VPN services were required to send copyright notices received from copyright owners to their subscribers or face damages up to $10,000.
Under this law, the ISPs get a safe harbor, which protects them from copyright infringement lawsuits. At the same time, effects for subscribers are limited to warnings, and this is better than the “strikes” systems adopted by many other countries.
Industry experts note that despite the modesty of the system, people should be wary of the negative consequences such copyright infringement notices may have. The so-called settlement schemes cause most concerns, where rights owners ask pirating subscribers to pay a fee. Such schemes have become common in the United States and may easily expand into Canada. The matter is that the Canadian law currently doesn’t prohibit rights owners from sending them in, but the identities of the users are shielded.
It should be noted that the new “notice-and-notice” system has a great impact on VPN providers. The new legislation demands VPNs to identify pirating customers to allow them forward the infringement notices, and they have to retain access logs for a minimum of 6 months to do so. However, this requirement can lead to a customer exodus, because it makes it impossible for ISPs to guarantee people’s anonymity, which is actually a key feature of any VPN service. In addition, this will be quite costly or just impossible, particularly for smaller companies.
The problem is that many VPN providers assign shared IP-addresses to their subscribers, so they have no option to accurately identify a copyright infringer. They will have either to shut down or move their business abroad.
January 21st, 2015Posted by:
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
|posted by (2015-01-21 21:16:32)|
|if broadband isp's assign and choose best ip-address for have the best fast service how now assign to share with vpn providers? it's like table of ceo's don't have nothing to do! it's like perplexing problems for have any isp's service...etc..|
|posted by (2015-01-21 21:26:06)|
|There is no specific mention of VPN service providers in the new legislation. Thus in so far as can be argued that a VPN is an ISP is the degree to which the impact on a VPN service provider can be considered, as this article puts it, 'great'.|
As the new legislation has no provisions specifically outlined for VPN service providers it cannot be said with confidence that VPN service providers are required to take any action nor can the legislation demand anything specifically of them.
Obviously this is how I interpret this new legislation but I'll reserve hysteria until there is a real life example of a VPN service provider being court ordered to log their customers activities because of this new legislation.
|From what I understand from the article, seems only Canadian based VPN would be effected. Just get a VPN from another country.|
|posted by (2015-01-22 10:12:44)|
|number 3^ thats exactly what i was going to say, if the vpn is registered in another country they dont have to abide by canadian rules...|
|I live in Canada and have gotten numerous warnings from isps before..no big deal..see in Canada its illegal to upload but legal to download..gotta love it..as for giving away our ip address a judge ruled its against our right for privacy to give that info away..|
|@johnnysnake Your half right. You can download music, not upload. Downloading or uploading movies is illegal in Canada since 1999. I live in Canada also.|
|posted by (2015-01-23 02:46:49)|
|"Hide ALL IP 2014.05.04 + Loader" Download this, install but don't run program, go to your "program files" folder / "Hide ALL IP" folder and delete the "AutoUpgrade" file and then run the "loader.installer(REPT)" supplied in the download as administrator, do not update, have fun. This is how i got this download to work|
|It never ceases to amaze me how downloading a movie is STEALING yet charging a family (2 parents and 2 kids - for example) 60$ to go to the movies is OK. And then asking them to buy the bluray for 30$ when it comes out. At almost 100$ YOU OWN a piece of that movie. Also if I've bought an album on vinyl, cassette and CD - I think I'm entitled to download it FOR FREE today. You got my money years upon years upon years ago. Same thing with movies. I paid in in the theater, rented the beta, bought the vhs, bought the laser disc, paid in the theater again for the RERELEASE or SPECIAL EDITION, bought the DVD, bought the SPECIAL EDITION DVD - oh AND watched it on tv for free when I was young. I THINK I'VE PAID ENOUGH ALREADY. No laws against GREED is there? The movie studios can F off for all I care. Their GREED is disgusting - with 4 new movies opening up every week, dtv movies, cable movies, indie movies, tv shows up the wazoo - JEBUS GOD ALMIGHTY WHO CAN AFFORD TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THAT. The 80's we're great - we actually cared about the movies that came out every year cuz each actor had LIKE ONE - NOT 4... Greed, greed, greed.|
|posted by (2015-01-24 03:56:07)|
|This isn't news. What'll be news is when a non-Canadian VPN caves to the MAFIAA. If that happens, a lot of hosting companies in Canada will go bust, since VPN growth is the fastest growing sector of the information economy. Then Canadian subscribers will just connect to US hosts instead. Good luck using US law to ID Canadian subscribers! The end result is the same, damn thing will keep happening and everyone will still get their torrents. Thousands of people will also lose their jobs when the VPNs pull out of Canada.|
|hoy mo noter yet it will in the telephone bill next mouth|
|Can't blame the companies themselves, anyone can refuse to buy a product till prices fall or said product gets thrown into the bargain bin. There is a reason why those $2-5 classics are being bought on DVD and Blu-ray discs. Majority of fault doesn't lay within the companies but consumers.|
|posted by (2015-02-01 13:26:41)|
|Main reason I (didn't) start torrenting is because I was fed up of taking DVD's/Blue rays back to the rental store because they froze halfway through!Grrrr. Worst medium invented should have been in a cassette like a floppy. Also why can you buy and unlimited amount of blank medium. Its not all for home movies!!! If isp's aren't hosting downloading they would all go broke, surfing, blogging and skypeing etc can only use a few Mb not heaps of Gb.|
|posted by (2015-02-01 22:06:27)|
|We have the same laws in this country (New Zealand), I think we were the first. I use about a terabyte downloading movies tv some music per month. We are suppose to get a notification from our provider if they detect us making illegal downloads, and if we get three we get banned from the internet (how they do this I wouldn't know) there have been a few prosecutions here for breaches for copyright ... mostly sony based. So I think Canadians wont have much to worry about... im not||
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