New law aims to cut down on internet piracy

Internet service providers now must notify customers of copyright infringement.
Internet service providers now must notify customers of copyright infringement. AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File

REGINA – Regina-based musician, Jack Semple’s new DVD, Jack Semple Band live @ Village Guitars, is for sale, but he originally produced it to be viewed free on Youtube.

“It’s worldwide promotion that you never could get before,” he said.

He’s playing to a modern audience and a content distribution system that’s evolving.

Canada’s copyright laws are also evolving. Beginning January 1st, Internet service providers will be subject to Canada’s new Copyright Modernization Act.

“So essentially a copyright holder will provide Sasktel with notification that an IP address has illegally downloaded some material…and then Sasktel is required to notify the customer with that IP address,” explained Michelle Englot, Sasktel’s director of external communications, who added they expect to give out 100 notices a day.

Both Sasktel and Access Communications say they will protect their customers’ privacy.

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“We need to notify the organization to let them know we forwarded it to them, but we will not be providing them the customer information,” said Carmela Haines, vice-president finance and administration with Access Communications.

“That seems to be a fairly balanced approach. It actually does protect the privacy of the individual internet user. The copyright holder does not get that person’s name and address,” said David Christopher, communications manager for

He added the majority of people who are served notices actually stop downloading material illegally.

But Jack Semple says the new laws are really only likely to protect big selling pop artists.

“You make most of your money selling your products at the gigs because you don’t make it by selling it in the stores,” he said.


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