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Law Suits?

Law Suits?

Despite last week's ruling from the Copyright Board of Canada, word is the Canadian Recording Industry Association will follow the RIAA's lead and file lawsuits against those who share copyrighted files on the Internet.

This report from the Globe and Mail site asks the question we're all wondering.   Can a legal challenge even succeed, given the significant differences between Canadian copyright law and U.S. copyright law?  As Matthew Ingram writes, "The wording of the Copyright Act and several Copyright Board rulings suggest that Canadians are legally allowed to download music for their own use, because of the copyright levy."

Presumably, the CRIA will only target those sharing more than a certain number of copyrighted songs.  In the United States, this number was 1,000.  Most should be safe from persecution.

It will be very interesting to see how this all unfolds.  Stay tuned, I'll keep you updated...

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