There was a recent bill passed in January that updated Canada’s internet privacy laws.
Essentially you won’t get sued or be forced to pay money, but copyright holders can send you a ‘notice’ through your internet provider telling you that they’re aware that you’re downloading copyrighted content, but you have no legal obligation to stop. Its a scare tactic.
Here’s a more detailed look at it:
Well, if you’re downloading files illegally in Canada on Jan. 2, 2015 you might be getting a notice from your Internet service provider (ISP) asking you to stop.
But that’s all – the notices are not the first stages of a lawsuit and you won’t go to jail. So what’s new and how effective will these notices be in preventing piracy?
The Jan. 2 rules just codify what ISPs have generally been doing the last ten years: they require providers like Rogers and Bell to send a letter, technically called a “Notice and Notice,” to the person connected to the IP address asking them to stop if they’re thought to be partaking in copyright infringement.
Your ISP isn’t going out of its way to track what you download though. Instead, it’s only required to forward notices it’s received from copyright owners.
And the notices can only ask you to stop—though there is some worry that copyright owners might try to sneak in demands for payment.
“If you pay us $3,000 by such and such a date, we will not sue you,” is one possible tactic, copyright lawyer Howard Knopf said during an interview. “The law was not intended to work that way and what people will not realize is that there’s no judicial process involved in that. And in the absence of a successful lawsuit, they’re not under any obligation to pay anything.”