P2P Downloading Legal in Canada
December 12, 2003
The Canadian Copyright Board surprised many today when it ruled that downloading off a P2P network is legal. However, it points out that uploading is illegal. The paradoxal ruling reaffirms Canada's loose copyright laws.
''As far as computer hard drives are concerned, we say that for the time being, it is still legal," said Claude Majeau, secretary general of the Copyright Board.
Copyright holders in Canada were quick to point out that this was not a court ruling, and the fight against music piracy was far from over.
"Our position is that under Canadian law downloading is also prohibited," said Richard Pfohl, general counsel for the Canadian Recording Industry Association. "This is the opinion of the Copyright Board, but Canadian courts will decide this issue."
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