Stop the Shakedown

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Stop the Shakedown

Giant American media conglomerates are using a new loophole in copyright law to send intimidating letters to Canadian Internet users.

These misleading letters could threaten to sue you for $150,000 and even to kick you offline.1

Tell Minister Navdeep Bains to close the loophole in his copyright law and protect Canadians from abusive shakedown notices now.

Attn: Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains

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Thousands of letters have already been sent2 and they are based on unproven accusations – NOT tested in a court of law.

If you haven’t received one yet, get ready for it.

We're waiting to see what our new Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains will do, but former Minister James Moore has admitted3 these notices are abusing Canadian law yet refused to act to close the legal loophole.

Tell the government to stop this Big Media shakedown now »»

To make matters worse, the government has also announced it will be extending copyright terms–with no public consultation–keeping important cultural works out of the public domain and inaccessible to the newest generation of creators.4

Longer copyright terms cost the general public millions, with most of that money going to Big Media middlemen–NOT artists and creators.5

Old media conglomerates see the Internet as a threat to their outdated TV-based business models, and will try anything to keep the deck stacked in their favour.

Tell the government to stop the copyright shakedown now.

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FOOTNOTES

[1] Rightscorp and BMG Exploiting Copyright Notice-and-Notice System: Citing False Legal Information in Payment Demands. Source: Michael Geist.

[2] TekSavvy alone is sending out 3000 notices per day. Source: TorrentFreak.

[3] Stop threats to Canada's online pirates, rights holders told. Source: Reuters.

[4] Change to copyright law in federal budget 'a really bad idea' as critics worry about threat to artistic freedom. Source: National Post

[5] The Great Canadian Copyright Giveaway: Why Copyright Term Extension for Sound Recordings Could Cost Consumers Millions. Source: Michael Geist

 

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