Thursday, January 24, 2008

Canadian ISP's Push Back Against Foreign Copyright Bullies

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In a rare show of unity, Canada's largest Internet service providers have announced a flat out rejection of the recently released report from the British based International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) that Internet service providers should be mandated to block peer to peer network traffic. According to the IFPI report music sales fell another ten percent.

Rejecting this proposal isn't about condoning piracy, it's about preventing censorship. Just because a communications technology can be used for illegal purposes, crippling it is not the answer. Crimes can be committed using the telephone but nobody is calling for controls on who people can talk to and what they can talk about.

Parliament is about to debate and pass a new copyright law. If Foreign lobbying groups like the IFPI and the RIAA are allowed to push around the elected officials chosen by Canadians, it is you the Canadian Internet user that will be worse off.

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