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April 2, 2004 @ 05:04 pm ๐Ÿ”— Post Link

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nothing illegal about peer-to-peer sharing

nothing illegal about peer-to-peer sharing

Good news for all you hackers, downloaders, pirates and kazaaโ€™ers in Canadaโ€ฆ In a surprising court ruling the Canadian Recording Industry Association sought to identify 29 users who had allegedly stolen copyright-protected music. The ISPs refused to turn over their customersโ€™ identities and other information.

The Canadian judge ruled not only for the 29 anonymous individuals, but in a broad decision also stated there is nothing illegal about peer-to-peer sharing.

The CRIA is expected to appeal the decision.

Wowโ€ฆ so, for nowโ€ฆ download away. I find the ruling surprisingโ€ฆ Especially in light of the American laws on the same issue going the opposite direction. โ€˜a U.S. congressional committee has approved tougher penalties for such action: Sharing copyrighted material is punishable by three to ten years in prison in a bill approved by a House judiciary subcommittee Thursday. The Piracy Deterrence and Education Act of 2004 goes next to the full Judiciary Committee for review. The committee could consider it within a month, according to a staff member.โ€™


Update: court link still good.

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