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3/24/2005

Copywrong

Those who enjoy swapping music, books and movies online may want to reconsider.

The federal government inched closer today to cracking down on file sharing by announcing several proposed amendments to the Copyright Act.

The changes would include the signing of two World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) treaties and forcing Internet service providers to keep records of those who share high volumes of copyright-protected material such as songs, Hollywood movies and TV shows.

The amendments would "clarify that the unauthorized posting or the peer-to-peer file-sharing of material on the Internet will constitute an infringement of copyright," say documents released jointly Thursday by Canadian Heritage and Industry Canada.

"It will also be made clear that private copies of sound recordings cannot be uploaded or further distributed."
toronto star
I assume that this will also mean that the Feds will be scraping the "media levy" on all blank media sold in Canada.

Yeah, right.

You can read a summary here.

It is early in the process however, politically, file sharing and the media levy are issues which may be important to younger voters.

In actual fact the sharing horse has probably left the stable....private virtual sharing networks with tetrabytes of bit torrented data are rapidly coming online. These nets are unabashedly illegal but are designed to be small enough to avoid penetration. Oddly, it semms much of the impetus for their creation was the level of virus and spyware infestation on P2P nets.

Update:
a new survey from the nonprofit Pew Internet & American Life Project finds that 27% of U.S. Internet users, or 36 million Americans, say they're downloading audio and video files outside of the peer-to-peer networks and paid online services.

The emerging media for content exchange include digital audio players, E-mail, instant messaging, blogs, and other Web sites. Some 19% of those who download audio and video files--about 7 million adults--admit to having downloaded files from someone else's iPod or MP3 player.
techweb
That would be the horse running down the road.