Gone are the days when we were safe up here with our download warnings. Apparently, according to the CBC, Canadians now run the risk of actually being fined for torrenting or otherwise illegally downloading copyrighted content like TV shows and movies.
The CBC spoke with a Nova Scotia lawyer who explained that Canadians who receive a piece of registered mail from a movie studio should take it seriously, as ignoring it could result in further legal action.
A #torrent of lawsuits are descending on Canadians accused of online file sharing. If you get one of these, it can'… https://t.co/AYzA5wLXrW— David T.S. Fraser (@David T.S. Fraser)1555359503.0
The lawyer above explains that if you ignore the notice sent to your house, you can end up with a "default judgement" - the maximum of which is a $5,000 fine. If continuously ignore, that could turn into a "lien on your house" or a "garnishment of your salary."
Canada's Copyright Modernization Act allows internet service providers to keep track of the IP addresses of users who have been flagged as "illegally downloading" copyrighted content.
@jfmezei @tamir_i We have heard from people who have received these statements of claim, but say they have never re… https://t.co/j7rxINwJJE— David T.S. Fraser (@David T.S. Fraser)1555360575.0
Studios have taken the next step and are using the IP address to sue the unknown person associated with that address. They then get a "Norwich order through the Federal Court of Canada" which allows them to obtain the customer's name and address.
While the letters may look like something you could ignore, the lawyer above is firm in his stance that ignorance will not bring bliss in this situation.
@LawScribes Here's the statement of claim for this particular case: https://t.co/umRH4rMH0X— David T.S. Fraser (@David T.S. Fraser)1555453324.0
If you don't file a defence within 30 days you will end up with the" default judgement" mentioned above.
So if you've been relying on sites like BitTorrent, UTorrent, The Pirate Bay or others to get your Game of Thrones fix, you might want to consider an alternative route from here on out.