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Technology Canadian court issues first ever ISP order to block a piracy website

13:05  18 november  2019
13:05  18 november  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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A Canadian Federal court has ordered internet service providers ( ISPs ) to block a pirate IPTV service called GoldTV in a case that could lead to further internet censorship in Canada All ISPs would then be required to block such sites . The CRTC rejected that idea, so the ISPs filed a lawsuit.

Two seperate orders from courts in Australia obliges Internet Services Providers to block a total of 59 websites and 127 domain names. In one case, based on a complaint from Roadshow, a judge ordered ISPs to block 42 websites , while in a second case brought by Foxtel, a further 17 blocks

A Canadian Federal court has ordered internet service providers (ISPs) to block a pirate IPTV service called GoldTV in a case that could lead to further internet censorship in Canada, according to Reclaim the Net. Canada's major ISPs, including Rogers, Bell and Videotron, have been pushing for such a ruling for some years. Now, a nationwide blocking order has been granted, reportedly for the first time, and critics fear it could lead to further censorship of legitimate content.

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Many Canadian ISPs, including Bell, Rogers and Videotron, also function as cable providers and in some cases, broadcasters. Bell Canada, joined later by Rogers, started pushing Canada's regulator, the CRTC, to create a blacklist of sites that let people download pirated TV shows and movies. All ISPs would then be required to block such sites.

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Web blocking in the United Kingdom § Mobile Internet blocking . Sites are blocked using various methods across the "Big 5" UK ISPs , in accordance with Section 97A of the Copyright

The Federal Court of Australia decides that sharing of subtitles is infringement of copyright, and order ISPs to block a list of domains. The latter is the company that initiated this legal endeavor against subtitle piracy sites , asking for their blocking on the ground that the case was essential “no different”

The CRTC rejected that idea, so the ISPs filed a lawsuit. Despite arguments to the contrary, the judge ruled that the decision wouldn't jeopardize net neutrality or freedom of expression. ISPs have thus been ordered to block access to GoldTV within 15 days.

Ontario-based TechSavvy was one of the few ISPs to oppose the measure, saying it wouldn't be effective or appropriate. The company noted that subscribers could easily go around the block with VPN tech and that it could lead to a slippery slope that would put an undue enforcement burden on ISPs.

"If the plaintiffs were successful in obtaining a site-blocking order in this case, there is no question that they would use it as a precedent to obtain other site-blocking orders, whether in respect of copyright infringement or otherwise," it said. "TekSavvy could be faced with hundreds and even thousands of websites to block and monitor, exponentially increasing the costs of operating and maintaining a site-blocking system and overwhelming TekSavvy's capacity."

About 70,000 Canadians submitted comments and signed a petition against ISP overreach, aided by the Vancouver-based Open Media organization. "It's a slippery slope," representative Marie Aspiazu told the CBC earlier. "Once you have the government having control of what we can see or not see, it becomes problematic."

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The Pirate Bay seems to be testing a streaming option again .
Is this another entry in the streaming wars?This isn’t the first time The Pirate Bay has tried to enter the world of streaming. In 2016, the torrent site enabled Torrents Time, a plug-in that similarly allowed in-browser streaming, but not of the best quality. (Torrents Time still appears to be online, but it’s no longer used for streaming by The Pirate Bay.) The Pirate Bay also started its own file-sharing platform, BayFiles, in 2011. BayFiles shut down when Swedish police raided The Pirate Bay’s server room in 2014, but relaunched last year under new ownership.

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