Paul McGuinness, U2's manager, calls on ISPs to adopt content blocking systems and subscriber termination.
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Appeared in the Toronto Star on January 28, 2008 as The Dangers of 'Locking Down' the Internet Appeared in the Ottawa Citizen on January 29, 2008 as New Strategy Emerges to Change the Locks to Police Online Content Appeared in the BBC on January 29, 2008 as ISPs New Role […]
CRIA tells the Globe and Mail that it is not seeking copyright provisions "related to content filtering or termination of repeat offenders."
The IFPI is out today with its annual digital music sales report. Canada ranked as the seventh largest digital music market in the world last year. The IFPI's focus, however, is on ISPs and the push for content blocking, a trend that has begun to emerge in Canada.
CRIA's Graham Henderson was in Ottawa today together with several other music groups to make their case for immediate copyright reform. Perhaps responding to the recent masthead editorials in the Vancouver Sun and National Post, the group met with the Ottawa Citizen's editorial board which has posted an MP3 version of the conversation. While there are some shots at me (counterfactual information?) and the obligatory distribution of Barry Sookman's attack on me and the Facebook group, there are two story lines that are worth noting (in addition to the ironic use of the CMCC's Feist as the Canadian artist example and the weak response to the Privacy Commissioner of Canada's concerns).
The first is that there is a great deal of common ground between what Henderson, CIRPA's Duncan McKie and the other attendees want and the Fair Copyright for Canada principles. Henderson and McKie both indicate that they have no intention of launching file sharing lawsuits, which should make the changes to the statutory damages provisions relatively non-contentious (though not a big win for users either). More importantly, several people in the room say they want WIPO, not the DMCA. That can be consistent with the Fair Copyright for Canada principles – linking anti-circumvention legislation to copyright infringement, avoiding a ban on devices that can be used to circumvent, and distribution as part of the making available right are all consistent with WIPO implementation.
While that is the good news, the second big story – which can easily be missed if you aren't paying attention – should send a chill down the spine of millions of Canadians.