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Canada Eyes Piracy Law Changes

Discussion in 'General Satellite Discussion' started by Chris Blount, May 6, 2004.

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  1. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 22, 2001
    Canada's Coalition Against Satellite Signal Theft (CASST) continues to push piracy issues north of the border, recently appearing before Parliament’s Industry, Science and Technology Committee in Ottawa urging the Canadian government to pass amendments to the country's Radiocommunication Act that address the issue.

    Proposed amendments to the act would update existing inspection provisions, increase penalties for breaking piracy laws, introduce a permit system to control entry of unauthorized equipment at the Canadian border, and provide for statutory damages in civil cases. The changes would create a real deterrent to illegal activity, the group said.

    As for penalties, corporations decoding an encrypted signal or modifying equipment for this purpose would see fines increased from $25,000 to $200,000. Corporations that retransmit an encrypted subscription programming signal decoded without authorization would see fines go from $200,000 to $500,000. Those incurring damages from signal piracy, including licensed Canadian satellite services, will have the right to seek up to $100,000 from dealers convicted of providing illegal radiocommunication equipment.

    "The changes being proposed in Bill C-2 are urgently needed to effectively combat the provision of illegal access to satellite signals on a commercial basis," said Glenn O'Farrell, president and CEO of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. "Stealing signals is already illegal and the proposed changes strengthen enforcement against criminal operations making illicit gains."

    http://www.skyreport.com (Used with permission)
  2. lajohn27

    lajohn27 Guest

    Bill C-2 dies on the government docket as an election will be called in seven days without this bill having passed in the lower house or the senate.


  3. SamC

    SamC Hall Of Fame

    Jan 20, 2003
    Do the Canadian political parties differ on this?

    Obviously the Liberals are in the government and this is their bill. Consistant with their big government ideas and cultural theories.

    The BQ/PQ wouldn't care. The NDP is totalitarian so any control on human freedom would be OK with it. So that leaves the new Conservatives. Wouldn't it be natural for them to favor free use of sat signals and such?
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