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Canada Creates Cap On Liability For File Sharing Lawsuits 208

An anonymous reader writes "Over the past couple of days, there have been reports about the return of file sharing lawsuits to Canada, with fears that thousands of Canadians could be targeted. While it is possible that many will receive demand letters, Michael Geist has posted a detailed primer on liability in Canada that notes that recent changes to Canadian copyright law limit liability in non-commercial cases to a maximum of $5,000 for all infringement claims. In fact, it is likely that a court would award far less — perhaps as little as $100 — if the case went to court as even the government's FAQ on the recent copyright reform bill provided assurances that Canadians 'will not face disproportionate penalties for minor infringements of copyright by distinguishing between commercial and non-commercial infringement.'"
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Canada Creates Cap On Liability For File Sharing Lawsuits

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  • by MightyMartian ( 840721 ) on Wednesday November 28, 2012 @01:21PM (#42118925) Journal

    You should have seen the proposed copyright laws dating back to the Liberal government of the early 2000s. RIAA and MPAA were pushing really hard for a super-DMCA, and were still putting on the pressure over the last few years. But every once in a while, making a helluva lot of noise can accomplish something. I wrote my MP three letters over the last five years detailing out how the media industry-backed legislation would significantly harm consumers, remove choice and open up even minor infringement to destructive lawsuits.

  • by Maury Markowitz ( 452832 ) on Wednesday November 28, 2012 @01:37PM (#42119219) Homepage

    > $5k? I mean, that won't even cover their legal fees for one case.


    Note that commercial limits are much higher, as they should be. So expect cases about what makes you "commercial".

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