Rogers - We Won't Just Hand Customer Information Over to CRIA

An article on ZeroPaid by Drew Wilson is a followup on a story about how the Bloc wanted ISPs to be more liable for infringement by their customers. A spokesperson from Rogers Communications Inc., one of Canada's largest ISPs, spoke to them on the issue of ISP liability.

I have some critiques of the article. It says that, "The act of sharing music in and of itself isn't illegal in Canada". While true, this statement doesn't say anything. If the copyright holders authorizes you to do something with their work, then clearly it is not an infringement of copyright to do that thing. Copyright is all about a series of activities which require the permission of the copyright holder to do. It is only when you don't have permission and you do it anyway that you are potentially infringing copyright.

The unauthorized sharing of music is an infringement of copyright in Canada. The BMG case back in 2005 was lost because CRIA members didn't bother collecting evidence of infringing activities (IE: didn't bother downloading and listening to a single song to know what the contents of any files were). Canada's Copyright law is already very strong, and in many ways already far more tilted in favor of copyright holders than some of our trading partners (far more tilted in favour of copyright holders than the USA before they passed their DMCA and Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act in 1998).

People incorrectly believing that Canada's Copyright act is not strong enough today is the key political lever being abused to justify Bill C-61 and similar changes. We need to fight back on this, and ensure people know that sharing online without permission is already illegal without Bill C-61.