A Blueprint for Better Copyright Law

Michael Geist, Toronto Star, Aug 10, 2004
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Criticism of a recent initiative by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) that would have ISPs terminate Canadian internet accounts where users are suspected of file sharing activities. Not only is the proposal bereft of anything like due process, as the author points out the American experience shows that numerous mistakes in take-down orders are common and that innocent third parties would be impacted. The author also notes that internet access is a vital service to Canadians, used not only to surf the web but also to access government services, including (the most popular use among Canadians) health care services.
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