TorrentFreak: We told Minister James Moore to protect us from copyright trolls

We need Minister Moore to close the loophole that lets Big Media threaten Canadians with abusive copyright letters. 

Article by Ernesto for TorrentFreak

Following the introduction of Canada's notice and notice system earlier this year, hundreds of thousands of ISP subscribers have received piracy warnings, often accompanied by hefty settlement demands. In response, a diverse range of copyright experts and organizations are now calling upon Canada's Minister of Industry James Moore to protect the public from threatening piracy notices.

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Extending the term of copyright will harm Canadian economy

Canadians will bear the costs of the new copyright extension, with less choice and higher prices. 

Article by Michael Geist for the Toronto Star

The Conservative government’s budget this week included benefits for some families, assistance for seniors and future tax reductions for small businesses. 

While those measures were widely anticipated, more surprising was the multimillion-dollar gift to foreign record companies, who were overjoyed at the decision to extend the term of copyright and keep some sound recordings out of the public domain for decades.

The government unexpectedly announced that it was extending the term of copyright for sound recordings and performances from the current 50 years of protection to 70 years. 

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Michael Geist: The new copyright extension does not benefit Canadian artists, but large foreign record labels

Longer copyrights will only cost Canadians more money while sweeping up legitimate uses and reuses of content by artists and their access to crucial audiences. 

Article by Michael Geist

The government’s surprise decision to include copyright term extension for sound recordings and performances in this week’s budget is being painted by the music industry as important for Canadian artists. But sources suggest that the key reason for the change is lobbying from foreign record labels such as Universal Music and Sony Music, who were increasingly concerned with the appearance of public domain records from artists such as the Beatles appearing on store shelves in Canada. As discussed in this post, Canadian copyright law protects the song for the life of the author plus 50 years. However, the sound recording lasts for 50 years. That still provides decades of protection for record companies to profit from the records, but that is apparently not long enough for them.

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As government announces costly new copyright terms, leading experts send letter to Industry Minister urging him to fix existing loopholes that are exposing Canadians to threats and abuse

For months, foreign media giants have abused Canada’s copyright system by threatening Canadians with penalties that are impossible under Canadian law, in order to intimidate them into paying extortionate charges

April 23, 2015Leading Canadian copyright experts and organizations are urging Industry Minister James Moore to fix dangerous loopholes in Canada’s copyright rules. In a joint letter to Minister Moore, 17 organizations and experts set out in detail what needs to be done to safeguard Canadians from media giants trying to abuse the system. The letter comes just days after the government quietly announced in Tuesday’s budget that it will extend copyright terms on sound recordings from 50 to 70 years, a move that will cost customers millions.

As a result of a loophole in Canada’s new copyright rules, Canadians have been inundated by threatening and misleading notices from U.S.-based rights-holders. The notices threaten recipients with penalties that are impossible under Canadian law - such as $150,000 lawsuits and disconnection from the Internet. Experts want James Moore to act fast to close the loophole, which he was warned about but chose to ignore, before the new rules came into force in January.

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National Post: Artists and Internet users will foot the bill for James Moore's 20-year extension of copyright terms.

Shrinking the public domain will ultimately hurt artists and internet users

Article by Ishmael N. Daro for the National Post

Tucked away inside the 500-page budget unveiled in Ottawa Tuesday was a single sentence that is already raising alarm over how it will affect the way Canadians create and consume media. 

In a section about “celebrating our heritage,” the budget vows to update the Copyright Act “to protect sound recordings and performances for an additional 20 years,” raising the copyright term for musical works from 50 to 70 years and potentially signalling further restrictions on works of art yet to be unveiled, critics fear. 

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Canada is walking into a copyright trap

Canadians got an unpleasant surprise in the budget yesterday when the government announced that it would be extending copyright for sound recordings by 20 years, up from Canada’s current term of life of the creator plus 50 years.

The move comes on the heels of the flawed implementation of Canada’s Notice and Notice system, which has left Canadians exposed to abusive and misleading copyright notices from foreign media giants, with virtually no reaction from the federal government, other than to admit that we have a problem.

So why are these new terms bad news? Well, international copyright experts and numerous studies suggest that copyright term extensions benefit neither content producers nor customers, and create major costs for society as a whole. Term extensions also help to shrink the public domain, leaving less available for today's creators to remix, rework and create anew.

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