Canada Deems P2P Downloading Legal

by Steve Mallett

Related link: http://rss.com.com/2100-1025_3-5121479.html



"In a ruling released Friday, copyright regulators in Canada said downloading copyrighted music from peer-to-peer networks appears to be legal under Canadian law but that uploading is still prohibited.


In the same decision, the Copyright Board of Canada imposed a government fee of as much as $25 on iPod-like MP3 players, putting the devices in the same category as audio tapes and blank CDs. The money collected from levies on "recording mediums" goes into a fund to pay musicians and songwriters for revenues lost from consumers' personal copying. Manufacturers are responsible for paying the fees and often pass the cost on to consumers.


The peer-to-peer component of the decision was prompted by questions from consumer and entertainment groups about ambiguous elements of Canadian law. Previously, most analysts had said uploading was illegal but that downloading for personal use might be allowed.


'As far as computer hard drives are concerned, we say that for the time being, it is still legal,' said Claude Majeau, secretary general of the Copyright Board."


Ok, so it's a tax, not a fee. And I'm not sure why it's legal "for the time being", but I'll take it.

Should I tidy up the house and put the kettle on for you?


6 Comments

invalidname
2003-12-14 09:11:06
iPod tax
If I lived in Canada, I would be furious at this ruling. I have 2,400 songs on my iPod - 5 from the ITMS, the rest ripped from my own CD's. In other words, everything on the iPod is something I have already purchased once before. How dare Canada's politicians demand that citizens hand more money to Big Music for tunes they've already bought! Punishing law-abiders is a great way to encourage piracy.


--invalidname

jwenting
2003-12-14 23:44:47
what exactly did they make legal...
If Canada called the process of downloading things using a P2P network legal there's nothing wrong with that.
If on the other hand they declared intellectual property theft using P2P networks to be legal that's very bad as it effectively means that in Canada copyright is now dead as long as the copyrighted work is distributed electronically.
anonymous2
2003-12-15 05:33:41
iPod tax
You might get even more annoyed if you were buying CDs for a task totally unrelated to music such as backing up your digital photo album.
anonymous2
2003-12-26 11:14:26
File-trading: Only in Canada, eh?
OK


so we now have an IPOD - what can we download and where are the best sites to go to?


S

anonymous2
2003-12-26 11:14:30
File-trading: Only in Canada, eh?
OK


so we now have an IPOD - what can we download and where are the best sites to go to?


S

Robb
2008-07-20 23:59:47
WHOO FOR CANADA
whyshould we be furious?! This News IS AMAZING


<3 FinallyNo Fear Of Being SUED SWEET