Stop Canada Censorship

 Say no to website blocking in Canada 

UPDATE October 2, 2018: The CRTC rejected Bell's website blocking proposal on the grounds that it doesn't have the jurisdiction to govern this area of the Internet. But it doesn't end here — the CRTC has encouraged this proposal to be examined through the reviews of the Copyright Act, and the Broadcast and Telecommunications Act. So we can't let our guard down! Make sure to say no to website blocking and have your say in Canada's Copyright Act review here


A coalition of organizations — spearheaded by Bell — is asking the CRTC to implement a website-blocking system to curb piracy. They want to create an official Internet censorship committee within the federal government, without court oversight.

This dangerous and over-reaching proposal will lead to legitimate content and speech being censored, violating our right to free expression and the principles of Net Neutrality,1 which the federal government has consistently pledged support for.2

So, we gathered our own coalition: One that has Canada's best interests at heart. And today a coalition of more than 30 organizations and businesses — including digital rights groups, library associations, independent Internet service providers and civil liberties organizations — are standing together against this website blocking plan.

And on Wednesday, February 28 — citizens from across the country stood against censorship, and by the end of the day we had more than 50,000 comments.3, 4, 5

We still have until March 29 to collect comments to the CRTC — add your voice now!

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The message is clear: Canadians do not want Bell's dangerous and overreaching censorship proposal. 

Here's how you can help: 

We had 50,000 comments into the CRTC by the time the clock struck midnight on March 1 — now we have to keep going! We have until March 29 to collect comments, and we can't do it without you.

We can win this, but we need to take the message to other Canadians. Help us spread the word on social media: 

Use these images on Facebook and Twitter! We've made some great ones, right click and save below, or find them (and more!) in a folder, or make — and share — your own! 

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Or, make it clear with an infographic: use one of these

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Are you an organization or company? 

Want to know how you can take part? Add your information to our Google Form or email katy@openmedia.org with your name and organization, and we’ll follow up with more information.

Are you an artist or online creator? 

We want to know how you think these rules affect you! Do you think they are in your interest? We are looking for input from artists if you want to take part, please email katy@openmedia.org.

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Want to learn more?
The Case Against the Bell Coalition’s Website Blocking Plan: Read this excellent series by University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist: 
Part 1: Canada’s Current Copyright Law Provides Effective Anti-Piracy Tools
Part 2: Weak Evidence on the State of Canadian Piracy
Part 3: Piracy Having Little Impact on Thriving Digital Services and TV Production
Part 4: Absence of Court Orders Would Put Canada At Odds With Almost Everyone
Part 5: The Inevitable Expansion of the Block List Standard for “Piracy” Sites
Part 6: Over-Blocking of Legitimate Websites
Part 7: The Likely Expansion of the Block List to Non-IP Issues
Part 8: The Ineffectiveness of Website Blocking
Part 9: Why it Violates Canadian Net Neutrality Rules
Part 10: Why It May Violate Human Rights Norms
Part 11: Higher Internet Access Costs for All
Part 12: Increasing Privacy Risks for Canadians
Part 13: It is Inconsistent With the CRTC Policy Direction
Part 14: Failure To Further the Telecommunications Act Policy Objectives
Part 15: It Undermines the Telecommunications Act Policy Objectives​

 

Footnotes:
[1] Why the CRTC should reject FairPlay’s dangerous website-blocking plan: Globe and Mail
[2] Statement - Minister Bains comments on the Federal Communications Commission vote on net neutrality: Canada Newswire
[3] Canadians rally against Bell's plan to censor the Internet: BlogTO
[4] OpenMedia launches day of action to protest FairPlay Canada anti-piracy coalition: MobileSyrup
[5] How to Participate in Protest Against Bell Coalition’s Website Blocking Plan: iPhone Canada

 

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Press: Katy Anderson | Phone: +1 (888) 441-2640 ext. 1 | Office: +1 (844) 891-5136 | katy@openmedia.org