by Mike Masnick

Filed Under:
canada, copyright

cria, isohunt

Recording Industry Keeps Quiet About Canadian IsoHunt Lawsuit; Didn't Want To Admit Canada Has Strong Copyright

from the funny-how-that-works dept

Michael Geist has the news that last year, at some point, the recording industry filed a lawsuit against IsoHunt in Canada. There's already been an ongoing lawsuit against IsoHunt in the US, but not too many people realized there was a similar lawsuit in Canada. And that's for a specific reason: the recording industry did their best to keep it quiet. The lawsuit was filed just a few weeks before Canada's latest attempt at copyright reform was put forth and a big part of the narrative for why such a law was needed was because Canadian copyright laws weren't strong enough to go after a site like IsoHunt. So, making a big stink about a lawsuit -- under those existing copyright laws -- against IsoHunt would have hurt that story... Of course, this raises the question: if existing copyright laws were strong enough, why did politicians and industry lobbyists claim they were not?

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    crade (profile), 15 Feb 2011 @ 3:29pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Because this annoys me so much, here is the part of the copyright act that discusses limitations to the private copying exception (whole thing here )
    Notice both distributing in any way for trade and communicating to the public not allowed.

    (2) Subsection (1) does not apply if the act
    described in that subsection is done for the purpose
    of doing any of the following in relation to
    any of the things referred to in paragraphs
    (1)(a) to (c):
    (a) selling or renting out, or by way of trade
    exposing or offering for sale or rental;
    (b) distributing, whether or not for the purpose
    of trade;
    (c) communicating to the public by telecommunication;
    (d) performing, or causing to be performed,
    in public.

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