Canada getting tough on copyright

So the party may be over for Canadian downloaders. Companies now have the right to go after infringers to the tune of $100 to $5,000 for breaking digital locks for the purpose of copying. The penalty goes up to $500 to $20,000 per offense for commercial activities. So much for Bill C-61. Some specific incidents that are mentioned are: PVRs are ok, legally purchased CDs to pcs and ipods are ok, cell phone unlocking is ok. The new bill also requires ISPs to keep tabs on what their customers are downloading. Ruh roh.

Torrent sites are also in danger for legal action. Backups are legal. It would appear on the surface it attempts to balance the rights of the content developer vs the consumer. The bill is still open to ongoing amendments and could possibly change as technology becomes available. In the meantime, start using private torrent sites.

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2 Responses to “Canada getting tough on copyright”


  1. 1 ranggaw0636 June 14, 2010 at 3:36 am

    uh, oh, luckily my country haven’t take any real action on digital copyright

  2. 2 Colin Castro June 19, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    uh, oh, luckily my country haven’t take any real action on digital copyright
    +1


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