Don't Let Canada Censor The Web

  Tell the CRTC: No Censorship in Canada

Bell is desperate to censor Canada’s Internet. First they tried through NAFTA.1 Now they’re at it again through the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC),2 and they have some help.

A coalition of organizations — spearheaded by Bell — calling themselves “FairPlay Canada” is asking the CRTC to implement a website-blocking system to curb piracy.

This radical proposal will lead to legitimate content and speech being censored, violating our right to free expression and the principles of Net Neutrality, which the federal government has consistently pledged support for.3

They want to create an official Internet censorship committee within the federal government, which opens the door for overreaching censorship in Canada. We can’t let this happen.

Tell the CRTC that you do not want Canada to build an agency to block and censor our Internet.

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We all agree that content creators should be properly paid for their work, but this dangerous proposal goes too far.

We also know the most effective way to stop piracy is to provide affordable, user-friendly services that give people access to the content they want, when and where they want it.

This proposed scheme will cost consumers, censor legitimate content, and ultimately be used to prop up outdated services like cable TV packages.

The case against the radical proposal to censor our Internet and break Net Neutrality:

  • If this coalition gets its way, Canadians will face serious repercussions for everyday online activities, resulting in self-censorship, and a widespread chill on free expression.

  • Implementing a censorship agency is a slippery slope. Beginning with copyright infringement, requests for other types of content to be taken down will quickly be added — putting an agency with no judicial oversight in charge of what we can and can’t see and say online.

  • This outrageous proposal is an ineffective attempt at tackling piracy that will result in chilling of expression online — without even successfully addressing the problem they claim to be solving.

  • Bell is working to exploit the grey areas in Canada’s strong Net Neutrality laws, taking its lead from Big Telecom’s own attack on Net Neutrality in the U.S.4

  • Canada already has some of the toughest anti-piracy laws in the world. A 2016 report indicates that piracy rates in Canada were at a historic low as well as below both global and European averages.5

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Footnotes:

[1] Bell Calls for CRTC-Backed Website Blocking System and Complete Criminalization of Copyright in NAFTA: Michael Geist
[2] Inside Bell's Push To End Net Neutrality In Canada: Canadaland
[3] Statement - Minister Bains comments on the Federal Communications Commission vote on net neutrality: Canada Newswire
[4] What would a U.S. repeal of net neutrality mean for Canadians?: The Current, CBC
[5] Brief Submitted to the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade: Priorities of Canadian Stakeholders Having an Interest in Bilateral and Trilateral Trade in North America, Between Canada, United States and Mexico: OpenMedia.

 

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