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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > University in Canada Banned BitTorrent over DMCA Notices

University in Canada Banned BitTorrent over DMCA Notices

University in Canada Banned BitTorrent over DMCA Notices

Added: Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ISP, Download, BitTorrent, MPAA, RIAA, copyright-infringement, file-sharing, Torrenting
The University of Calgary, Canada, has taken measures to stop the flood of piracy warnings. The institution said that after banning BitTorrent on its networks, DMCA notices immediately dropped by 90%. Now the users who need access to the BitTorrent protocol need to apply for an exemption.


According to the local copyright law, which was amended in early 2015, Internet service providers are now required to forward copyright infringement notices to their clients. As a result, copyright holders and anti-piracy group now take full advantage of the legislation, and thousands of users become targets for DMCA warnings and even demands for cash settlements. This has also affected the University of Calgary, which acts as a service provider to its students who have been using their Internet connections to download free music and movies. As a result, the university receives large numbers of pirate notices and has recently decided to ban BitTorrent usage on its Wi-Fi networks.

Apparently, the effect was felt immediately: during the first 8 days of the ban, the university recorded a 10-fold drop in DMCA notices. Besides, reducing the number of infringement notices was not the only consideration – it was also about the volume of traffic and other threats. The management of the university explained that intensive streaming on the campus negatively affects network performance. Another reason is security, as the more students stream, the higher chance of inadvertently downloading content that would create problems. Nevertheless, if people at the university need to use BitTorrent as part of their academic activities, they can simply apply for an exemption.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

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Date:  Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Comments (11) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2016-11-16 15:01:13)
bullajaan avatarThanks for info

posted by (2016-11-16 20:34:21)
No avatarBitorrent was banned in my University long time ago.

posted by (2016-11-17 00:23:57)
No avatarMore like censorship, not banning. That's for people who don't know what bit torrent is... I love Canada though, it's my favorite country!

posted by Verified Uploader (2016-11-17 00:36:10)
GRiM_R3AP3R avatarCanada U Say,....EH - - - - - - - - - - No Censorship in my part of Canada, YET.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2016-11-17 00:44:13)
analogkid6103 avatarOne piece at a time, and before long....

posted by Site FriendET junkieET loverKittyGirlSun (2016-11-17 02:11:18)
babykins1982 avatarIf you use a VPN in Canada, you are golden. That simple.

posted by (2016-11-17 03:53:36)
No avatar@babykins182, your sorta right, What are the powers that be to do with the people using it without VPN???? Privacy policies require they get away with it. Until that changes VPN won't be as popular since it slows downloads, etc.

posted by (2016-11-17 04:25:55)
No avatarA response to Trump getting into power. Search youtube... "Live Feed: Snowden Q&A - Will He Ask Trump For Pardon?" Low volume, not sure if that's random.

posted by (2016-11-17 05:21:51)
No avatarOr .. "Snowden Q&A on how US Election affects your privacy, his pardon (Streamed Live)"

posted by (2016-11-17 05:37:39)
No avatarMy question to Snowden would be... Was this information given out on purpose? It doesn't matter if your guilty or not/a pawn... The information had to get out anyway. Do you think your a victim of that?

If he's not it's an amazing exposure of what is going on...

posted by (2016-11-19 08:30:48)
robbow123 avatarThis article about Edward snowden was very interesting. Anyway, I can appreciate a University not wanting all those notices. And it's not a total ban if needed for educational purposes. Students in Canada don't have to pay the huge dollars to go to Top Universities and I remember that people I was friends with or knew casually used their grants and loans for TV's and Guitars etc. They can buy movies etc. But Canada is not a place that people who use bit torrent have problems with. We also have 3 major providers that cost too much. And lots of smaller but established ISP's that charge less than half for the same services. often better service. I pay 30 US for 15 5 unlimited use and no restrictions on what sites I can visit.

From various articles I have read, the US has cheaper and better cell phone service and Canada has cheaper and better Internet service.

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