Saturday, February 28, 2004


In Canada the copyright laws make it legal to copy files for private use onto your computer. However, it is illegal to share your files with other users (uploading from your computer).

"If you are only downloading, I think the authority is that you are home free…because we have a private copy exemption," said Andy Kaplan-Myrth, a second-year technology law student at the University of Ottawa.

So, the Canadian Recording Industry Association has begun a lawsuit against 29 Canadians (yet unnamed, pending their ISP's providing their personal information) that is currently before the Federal Court of Canada.

Wondering about the laws and your rights? Check out the the Canadian File-sharing Legal Information Network. It's a good resource.

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