Canadian record industry demands SOPA-style censorship

Michael Geist sez,

The Canadian committee on copyright reform conducts its final witness hearing today and not a moment too soon. Based on the demands from music industry witnesses this week, shutting down the Internet must surely be coming next. The week started with the Canadian Independent Music Association seeking changes to the enabler provision that would create liability risk for social networking sites, search engines, blogging platforms, video sites, and many other websites featuring third party contributions. It also called for a new iPod tax, an extension in the term of copyright, a removal of protections for user generated content, parody, and satire, as well as an unlimited statutory damage awards and a content takedown system with no court oversight. CIMA was followed by ADISQ, which wants its own lawful access approach that would require Internet providers to disclose subscriber information without court oversight based on allegations of infringement (the attack on fair dealing is covered in a separate post).

Yesterday the Canadian Music Publishers Association added to the demand list by pulling out the SOPA playbook and calling for website blocking provisions. The CMPA argued that Internet providers take an active role in shaping the Internet traffic on their systems and therefore it wants to "create a positive obligation for service providers to prevent the use of their services to infringe copyright by offshore sites."

The net effect of the music industry demands represents more than a stunning overhaul of Bill C-11 as it is effectively calling for a radical reform of the Internet in Canada. Taken together, the proposals would require Internet providers to block access to foreign sites, take down content without court oversight, and disclose subscriber information without a warrant. On top of those demands, the industry also wants individuals to face unlimited statutory damages and pay a new iPod tax. It also wants an expanded enabler provision that is so broadly defined as potentially capture social networking sites and search engines.

The Other Shoe Drops: Music Reps Want SOPA-Style Website Blocking Added To Copyright Bill


  1. The net effect of these measures is that I feel nauseous at the very thought of giving one red bloody cent to the  media industry, because I know what they’ll spend it on. The serpent needs to be strangled at its’ head. Once they loose their revenue they won’t be able to lobby for the destruction of internet and its freedoms. No matter how much I like a certain musician or want to see a certain movie, I’d feel dirty inside if I gave money to the likes of these orwellian clowns.
    Way to go combatting piracy, dinosaurs. See you in a couple of years. You’ll be homeless and I’ll be happily giving my money to some new kids on the block who will embrace the new technology rather than try to stomp it and the rest of the world into the ground.

  2. The Conservatives won’t survive being the party that killed the Internet at the behest of Corporate America.

  3. it would be nice to make a careful list of all Tory progeny and make damn sure that every single download they ever make for the rest of their lives meets the full force of this federal whoring to corporate greed.

  4. Lol. Really iPod tax ? Please explain that to me jean, jean shirt, and jean jacket wearing friends of the north.

    1.  we have a levy system where by we pay a levy on blank media to offset the ‘damage’ that private copying does to artists’ livelihoods. it’s already being collected for things like cassette tapes and CDs but ipods aren’t explicitly included. yet.

      1. Oh, geez. Just because I don’t wanna shell out $10 more dollars because my kid used my CD as a teething CD. They are lucky in the first place I bought the first copy.

        I remember in the states something similar they tries to get off the ground. The rational for the levy was having the “luxury” your music copied and with you on a device.

    2. O Canada!
      Our iPod-levied land!
      True corporate love in all thy shills command
      With glowing screens we pay thee tithes,
      No music shall be free!
      From far and wide,
      CMPA, we bend over for thee.
      God help us all, this horrific levy
      CMPA, we bend over for thee.
      CMPA, we bend over for thee.

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