Canada Speeds Up New Anti-Piracy LegislationAdded: Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
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It was back in 2008, when Canadian lawmakers developed an anti-piracy bill. But it occurred so that the project met great opposition from the public and was finally wiped away before the elections. Then, in 2009, the government consulted the public on how a new copyright bill should be.
During the consultation people made it clear that they don’t welcome stricter copyright legislation. The only problem is that Canada’s Prime Minister doesn’t pay much attention to the results, planning to introduce a new, even stricter law, which was described as the most anti-user copyright bill in history.
The opposition against the project is rallied by the creator of isoHunt, one of the biggest BitTorrent trackers that is going to be affected by the new legislation. He warns of the effects it would have on customers that can be far reaching. The new bill can deem the things people take for granted, like making a copy of the music tracks from desk computer to a music player, unauthorized. ISPs also can be forced to pass users’ private data without due process, as well as stimulated to choke peer-to-peer traffic, even for completely legal uses like game distribution.
isoHunt owner’s warnings are quite sound. Despite of the fact that the details of the project aren’t absolutely clear, the bill is expected to be the equivalent of the US DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act), meaning that copyright take down request will become a censorship instrument, making users lose some “fair use” rights.
As for isoHunt itself, it is currently hosted in Canada. Moreover, it’s involved in a law case against the CRIA (Canadian Recording Industry Association). So if the new legislation comes into effect, isoHunt’s chances of being handed out a victory in that lawsuit will drop significantly. Although Canadians need legislation supporting their neutrality and ability to run a search engine without unreasonable constraints and censorship, the project suggests just the opposite.
All Canadians are always encouraged to voice their opinion against the bill before it is passed. Despite the government didn’t listen the user’s opinion at the consultation, it doesn’t mean people should give up – doing nothing will lead to the defeat for sure. So those, who want to stand up for their freedom in the digital world, are recommended to write a common letter to their MP.
June 16th, 2010Posted by:
Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
|Time for a coup d'etat anyone?|
|I wonder how this is going to affect BT Guard?|
|posted by (2010-06-16 18:19:20)|
|Look at the previous article. ISO might be forced to move to SPAIN next. Whatever happens, THEY are always at least year behind current technology. For every one of them there are thousands of us. We can rapidly change and stay ahead of them. Technology always changes. If they changed their business models and were "CONSUMER FRIENDLY" they might stay in business. I for one will never support an industry that Terrorizes Consumers. I will continue to SEED & FEED THE NEED until I die, hopefully while watching SHARED MEDIA!|
|posted by (2010-06-17 01:35:22)|
|If all us Canadian pirates would get off our collective butts and actually vote(I did)we might be able to change things we have had historical lows for voter turn out not only in provincial but federal elections for the past few years. how are we supposed to get our government to listen when we don't use the votes to voice our opinions.oh well Guess I had better stock up on my music and movies while i can :(|
|All the best ripping software come from Canada doesnt it?|
|posted by (2010-06-17 12:48:21)|
|Yes Canada has always had pretty nice privacy laws where the government didn't stick it's nose in our business. Although I haven't heard anything about this law that doesn't mean it's not happening. As Nevena said in the above post it's up to us as Canadian voters to get off our collective Butts and vote appropriately. I now vote for anything but one of the big three. My guy might not get elected but it does count by taking it away from the other ones.|
|posted by (2010-06-18 01:51:29)|
|All I can say is "THAT SUCKS" I think people should be able to share whatever they want except for kiddy porn and terrorist crap. They can have the law, as long as they dont enforce it. Free stuff is gooood. Now does this mean we dont have to pay copy levys when we buy CD-Rs or DVD-Rs, were not supposed to copy anything so why shaft everybody with some bogus cash grab tax.|
To the politicians that came up with this, you get the double bird salute!!!!!!!!
|posted by (2010-06-18 15:34:44)|
|I hope that if and when they pass that law they will remove the levy we are charged for every CD, DVD, MP3 player that is supposed to go to artists. I won't hold my breath though.|
|posted by (2010-06-20 22:48:43)|
|I looked up the bill and their was this site that automatically sends a letter to your MP for you. Form letter but a small protest none the less. They send you back a confirmation that your letter was forwarded to the proper idiot. Try this site for info on sending your thoughts or protest to the proper people.|
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