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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Entertainment Industry Pressed On Canadian Government

The entertainment industry gets a bit impudent, demanding personal details being disclosed to it without a court order in Canada. In other words, the industry keeps demanding stupid things while seeking changes to Bill C-11, the copyright reform legislation.

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Legal expert Michael Geist claimed that the country’s Independent Music Association is going to create a liability risk for social networks, search engines, blogging platforms, streaming services, and many other sites having 3rd party contributions. In other words, such services would be held liable for copyright infringement if someone printed a link to a pirated website or material.

Nevertheless, the industry still wants a number of other things: for example, a tax on iPods, an extension in the term of copyright, elimination of protections for user-generated material, parody, and satire, and an increase of statutory damage awards.

It seems that the entertainment industry would simply like to be granted the authority to do whatever it wants to fight the pirates. The country’s government, which promised to support the industry, might start to regret its decision with the entertainment industry demands growing to extreme level.

For instance, the outfit called ADISQ, representing the Quebec music industry, came to the C-11 committee a week ago, asking for a requirement for ISPs to disclose subscriber name and address data to rights holders without court oversight. This would allow the industry get on the phone and find out everyone’s personal information just by saying they are a rights owner. The confidential information, therefore, would be disclosed to a private party based on a simple allegation of copyright violation.

However, there are signs that the Canadian government is not so stupid, because it had previously refused to support that sort of idea. Last time Mike Lake, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, took the outfit to task for the proposal the country’s Independent Music Association claimed it believed there supposed to be some due process, but it was just impractical to expect it.

In the bill, the damage provisions are equally daft. The entertainment industry is also asking for unlimited damage awards for people even when it’s said it won’t sue them.

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