Is Canada Considering A Three Strikes And You're Off The Internet Policy?

from the keep-an-eye-out dept

With the entertainment industry actively pushing for laws that would require ISPs to kick users off the internet for file sharing, using a "three strikes" policy, Michael Geist is wondering if they've quietly succeeded in Canada. Apparently a French newspaper is reporting that Canadian ISPs are negotiating such a policy already, though there have been no such public statements. Given how secretive the industry and the government have been about new copyright laws, perhaps this isn't too surprising. We do know that the industry was pushing for greater ISP liability as part of copyright law changes a few months back, so it wouldn't be surprising if ISPs were negotiating a "three strikes" type rule to avoid the liability issues. Of course, they probably want to keep it secret, as publicity (and resulting anger) about these types of laws in Europe has at least some politicians moving away from them. However, as the entertainment industry does keep succeeding in getting these types of laws to move forward, how long will it be before similar laws are proposed in the US, with "everyone else is doing it" as part of the reasoning?

Filed Under: canada, copyright, isps, three strikes


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    claire rand, 12 May 2008 @ 12:09pm

    uk legal system

    the trick with all this is the media types trying to get the ISPs to enforce the rules (rules not law) since if they have to go to court they have to have this little thing called 'evidence' and this seems to be a problem for them.

    i.e. prove *who* downloaded the file, not just the machine address that did it. which they can't do with breaking all sorts of laws.

    so cut through it, get the ISPs to implement some iffy rules to kick of the file sharers, I dare say it sounded a good idea to the ISPs to start with.

    then the backlash it, and one of the big boys said no, and did so publically, basically saying let us be your ISP we won't kick you off without a court order..

    the ones who will boot you will die if they try it now.

    legislation may well follow, but as with anything legal evidience will be required somewhere, and it will be possible to challange it.

    media companies hate having to prove stuff

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