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
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,
“Our customers’ right to privacy is very dear
Arguments in the case begin Monday at a
Working on behalf of major record labels, the
So far, Shaw is the only ISP to openly oppose
Sympatico, Rogers and Telus want to inform
Videotron has said it will not oppose the
Videotron is in a unique position because its
“We’ve got to fight (file sharing) with all
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