Canadians using Videotron for filesharing – beware

Several news sources

are reporting that CRIA (Canadas RIAA) has jumped on the bandwagon and has

begun to hunt down folks sharing copyrighted material. But this source posted on Slashdot is as good a take on the situation as I can

find. CRIA has asked a number of Internet service providers to hand over

information for customers it suspects of “egregious” uploading of music files.

They are talking those with thousands of tracks in the shared folder ready

for uploading.



It’s the same old song and dance from the label

side, but what is different this time is the variety of stances to the CRIA

request from the various ISP’s on the subject. Read on.



But at least one of those companies,

Calgary-based Shaw Communications, says it intends to oppose the CRIA,

citing new federal privacy laws that protect its customers.



“Our customers’ right to privacy is very dear

to us,” said Shaw Communications president Peter Bissonnette.



Arguments in the case begin Monday at a

federal court in Toronto.



Working on behalf of major record labels, the

CRIA is reportedly hunting for 29 Canadian customers from at least five

different ISPs, including Shaw, Telus Corp., Rogers Cable, Bell Canada’s

Sympatico service and Quebec’s Videotron.



So far, Shaw is the only ISP to openly oppose

the CRIA’s request. The company provides high-speed Internet service to

about 900,000 Canadians.



Sympatico, Rogers and Telus want to inform

their affected customers first and let those customers battle it out in

court with the recording industry.



Videotron has said it will not oppose the

request.



Videotron is in a unique position because its

parent company, Quebecor, also sells music.  Videotron said it is

concerned about copyright protection and considers file sharing to be

“theft.”



“We’ve got to fight (file sharing) with all

our energy so we will obey court orders — and we will co-operate as much

as we can and we enthusiastically support what the CRIA is doing,” said

executive vice-president Luc Lavoie told The Globe and

Mail.



Wow, I wonder if this Ol’ Luc cat has a

picture of Mitch Brainwol over his desk next to a picture of Dudley Doright.

Quite a variety of reactions from these ISPs. Needless to say, those using

Shaws service that have been actively filesharing are probably in better

shape than the netizens on the Videotron narc-o-rama network. I just hope

this information helps some folks before they are enthusiastically tattled on.

The good news is if you have been sharing less than 2,000 tracks you are below

the radar range at this point.



Make sure if you are from Canada to take a few

minutes and read the entire report. There is a lot of good information

presented in a very consise manner. You are welcome to come back share

your thoughts in the Music Downloads, P2P and Legal Issues

Forum.

Source: CTV