Canadian Police Tolerates Piracy For Personal Use

The Canadian police announced that it will stop targeting people who download copyrighted material for personal use. Their priority will be to focus on organized crime and copyright theft that affects the health and safety of consumers instead of the cash flow of large corporations. Around the same time that the CRIA successfully took Demonoid offline, the Canadian police made clear that Demonoid's users don't have to worry about getting caught, at least not in Canada. According to the Canadian police it is impossible to track down everyone who downloads music or movies off the Internet. The police simply does not have the time nor the resources to go after filesharers.

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What a sad day for our country and a huge slap in the face to those who actually purchase their music and movies.

Just another way we fail to punish our criminals. May as well become one and stop spending my money.

There're two ways of doing this:

Put all the downloaders in jail and the pirates will stop ripping/releasing when there's no one downloading anything;

- OR -

Put the pirates in the jail and the downloaders will stop because there's nothing to download.

Tough decision, I know, but looks like they've made up their mind.

But this doesn't stop civil suits does it? In the US, the police don't go after individual downloaders, but rather the rippers and distributors. The RIAA is a non-government entity and they are the ones suing. Not the police. So, basically, Canada is catching up with the US.

Awesome!
finally steps forwards...
although in Germany one city's Staatsanwaltschaft stopped going after those cases, too (its a bit older news here though).
explanation: quote from wikipedia:

In Germany, the police have to investigate every single crime reported and consequently send all investigations to the Staatsanwaltschaft. The public prosecutor (Staatsanwalt lit. State Attorney) reviews the police’s findings and decides whether to indict the accused or halt the proceedings.

Glassed Silver:mac

What are these guys smoking? They can't charge you for downloading music/movies/etc for personal use because it's not illegal (ruled by supreme court). It's not the police who decide this...they just want some positive PR after taser deaths, scandals, etc.

It's only legal for Canadians to copy music, because of the blank media levy where we pay an extra levy on blank cds, ipods etc.

This only covers copying music recording for personal use.

As for if that covers p2p downloading, was and I think is still in debate because technically if you are sharing a file with others all over the globe, that is not really just making a personal backup of the music, it's distributing it.

Everything like music, books, software, movies are still protected by copyright law, we are just allowed to make a personal copy of music.

Well unless you are reselling pirated disks it shouldn't be a police matter in any case. Let them handle crime and the lawyers can earn their money doing the civil case work.

aStRaLgOd said,
<3 Canada

I know for a fact that Cogeco doesn't throttle (yet), I sometimes download for 800-900ks on BT :)

Well, I've only copied the ones that are Canadian....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traffic_shapi...Traffic_Shaping

Major Internet Service Providers Using Traffic Shaping
Rogers Cable
Shaw Cable
Cogeco Cable

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traffic_shapi...Traffic_Shaping

Companies With Products Employing Traffic Shaping
Cogeco Cable

Bell Sympatico -- and possibly Aliant, since it is a Bell company -- will probably be added to the lists...but not by me.

lylesback2 said,
I love my country!!

Thank god... Now only if the CRIA can tell Rogers that, to stop throttling me!

All the cable companies who provided Internet access in Canada throttle P2P traffic...of course I am not sure if Videotron in Quebec does this, as Quebec -- and most of their homegrown companies -- still thinks they're their own country.

But, Bell Sympatico has admitted to throttling P2P traffic as well now.


But, Bell Sympatico has admitted to throttling P2P traffic as well now.

Aha, I knew it. Explains a lot heh.

mlauzon76 said,
All the cable companies who provided Internet access in Canada throttle P2P traffic...of course I am not sure if Videotron in Quebec does this, as Quebec -- and most of their homegrown companies -- still thinks they're their own country.

But, Bell Sympatico has admitted to throttling P2P traffic as well now.

Not true. I have never had my ISP throttle anything. In fact, they advertise the speed and over 70gb of bandwidth on the most basic package...

zivan56 said,

Not true. I have never had my ISP throttle anything. In fact, they advertise the speed and over 70gb of bandwidth on the most basic package...


And, what ISP are you with..?!


mlauzon76 said,


And, what ISP are you with..?!

I tried Shaw and Telus and I can tell u that neither of them throttle p2p. I am able to download full speed torrents using both ISPs.

abulfares said,

I tried Shaw and Telus and I can tell u that neither of them throttle p2p. I am able to download full speed torrents using both ISPs.

I was with Shaw when I lived in Edmonton, had their 25Mbps package, Shaw does throttle BitTorrent...not sure about any of the other P2P networks as I was only concerned with BT; now when you download using a download manager or download without one your downloads are left alone.

Telus doesn't throttle anything, I know because I dropped Shaw for the above mentioned throttling.


mlauzon76 said,
Well, it looks like Novus is using FiOS -- or another form of it. However, Novus is capping...but not traffic shaping. Much different from what we are talking about.

Where was capping mentioned? If you want to go that way, Telus caps at 10gb and Shaw is pretty low unless you get the "extreme" package. My argument was that not all ISPs are throttling torrent or other traffic.

Gotta Love being Canadian btw Happy Rememberance day fellow Canadians. Lest we not forget the soldiers and army personal who gave their lives.

yeah..but typical law enforcement tactics......snag the little guy and plea bargain to flush out the big catch...so don't think your going to be totally left to download freely without consequences.

Thats how American law enforcement works, to make it look like they're doing something when they're not. Sort of like sending pot smokers to prison. BTW, medical pot is legal up here. Yes, I know that it is suppose to be in some places in the USA as well, but the police still arrested them anyways.

Its ironic that the right wing goes on about how socialized countries, like Canada, have fewer rights and less freedoms then something like this happens to prove them wrong yet again.

on 1st thought, wow, common sense, no way I'd think it'd be possible
on 2nd thought... it's just a matter of resources... wait 'til they have them and then...