TechNewsWorld: File-Sharers Fighting the Good Fight in Canada

This article by Jon Newton includes:

Canadians concerned about attempts to have Canada's Copyright Act re-written to suit the entertainment industry's desires are marshaling their efforts to make sure it doesn't happen.

Member of Parliament Peter Julian has introduced "Petition for Users Rights" signatures in Canada's Parliament. More than a thousand people have signed so far, and MPs will continue to hand in additional signatures by the batch.

I offered the following as feedback to the article on the site.

Great to see this story covered. The more people who know about our petition, the more people will sign, and the more parliament will realize that there is an "other side" to this issue.

I just wanted to clarify one point. While it is true that since authorized Peer-to-peer distribution is clearly legal, it is not true that unauthorized distribution is legal in Canada. A recent federal court case is often misrepresented by CRIA as having found that P2P is legal in Canada (and thus laws should change), when in fact it largely found that CRIA had not provided evidence of unauthorized uploading (sending, "sharing") and it confirmed the well-understood legal interpretation that downloading (receiving) was legalized by the Private Copying regime.

Had CRIA provided adequate evidence of unauthorized uploading/sending/"sharing" then the names would have been disclosed by the ISPs, and those Canadians would also have been forced to settle out of court.

When the Heritage Minister talks about giving CRIA additional tools, she means she wants to make it possible for people to be sued without evidence of wrongdoing. Whatever your opinion about unauthorized P2P may be, it is clear that there should always be evidence required if someone is going to be sued for any alleged illegal activity!

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