E-mail warnings deter Canadians from illegal file sharing

This good news article on CBC news talks about how Canada's current "notice-and-notice" regime both protects the legitimate interests of copyright holders as well as the legitimate privacy and other rights of Canadians. Hopefully Canadian officials are watching this closely, and will ensure that if there is any law on ISP liability that it will mirror this successful regime.

"Notice and notice" differs from the "notice and take-down" program that's in place in the United States. There, when an industry group notices an alleged copyright violation, an e-mail similar to the ones being sent to Canadian users is forwarded to the American ISP. In most cases, the ISPs are forced to immediately take down the content or face penalties.

"I think notice-in-notice is a great alternative that really respects privacy and free speech much more than notice and take-down," said Ren Bucholz of the internet advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Canadians should realize that copyright holders already have the legal tools to sue Canadians infringing copyright on the Internet, and that these "warnings" should be treated with respect. A copyright holder only needs to go to court to get a court order to have the customer name disclosed, a process that is extremely easy if minimal evidence is provided (Something that CRIA members didn't do in their BMG vs. Doe case, with lack of evidence being why they lost that case -- not any major flaws in Canada's Copyright act).