Canuck court protects ISPs from copyright holders


— 5:06 AM on July 1, 2004

A unanimous Supreme Court decision has confirmed that Canadian ISPs are not liable for copyrighted material download by subscribers. The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) argued that ISPs should pay a tariff to cover the cost of copyrighted material download on their networks, but the courts shot that idea down. Interestingly enough, Canadians already play a tariff on recordable media that's supposed to cover the cost of music piracy.

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