Manitoba Ethics Essay Competition Winner Tackles File Sharing

The annual Glassen Ethics Competition, which is open to high school students in Manitoba, focused on file sharing this year.  The winning entry argues society has benefited overall from file sharing.


  1. Well informed but
    A great article, and obviously well researched by the high-school student. He/she is incorrect on one point, however:

    “In Canada, downloading copyrighted material for personal use through sharing, aka peer-to-peer networks, is legal.”

    Section 80 of the current Canadian law is specifically written about music. That is, it does not specifically allow for downloading TV, movies, etc.

    (1) Subject to subsection (2), the act of reproducing all or any substantial part of
    (a) a musical work embodied in a sound recording,
    (b) a performer’s performance of a musical work embodied in a sound recording, or
    (c) a sound recording in which a musical work, or a performer’s performance of a musical work, is embodied
    onto an audio recording medium for the private use of the person who makes the copy does not constitute an infringement of the copyright in the musical work, the performer’s performance or the sound recording.

  2. @Michael
    Ummmm, if that’s true, why does Shaw, Bell, Telus, etc. all base their high speed internet campaigns on the speed of downloading movies on to your computer?

  3. @Gregg
    Just because the ISPs quote movie download speeds doesn’t mean they are referring to illegal downloads. There are legal download and streaming options in Canada.

    Though if the ISPs don’t think for a second that their prospective customers think of illegal sources first when reading the marketing material, they are only kidding themselves.

    That is the hypocrisy they profit from.

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