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
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
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
"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
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