Downloading Movies with BitTorrent Illegal in Canada

downloadWhat people may not understand, is that when you use torrent, not only do you download the files available, but you also distribute that file to anyone else that is using the same torrent tracker link you have used.

So not only are you downloading the movie or game, whatever file it may be. You are sharing it with many other people with the same torrent tracker link.

This is one more reason why you should have a wireless network penetration test done, to make sure that your internet is not being used for purposes other then you intended. Just because you did not download the movie, does not mean someone else on your network did, and you will be held responsible for their actions.

From the Toronto Sun.

TORONTO – Your pirating days may be over.

In a landmark decision released late Thursday, the Federal Court has ruled that Canadians who illegally download movies can no longer hide behind the anonymity of their IP address.

Internet service provider TekSavvy Solutions was ordered to provide the names and addresses of 2,000 subscribers alleged to have used BitTorrent to download movies copyrighted by Voltage Pictures LLC, maker of such Hollywood films as The Hurt Locker.

Voltage says it plans to use the contact information to pursue litigation for “the unauthorized copying and distribution” of its movies. The decision could set a precedent used by other companies to go after Canadians who pirate music and TV shows as well.

The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) had opposed the Voltage motion, arguing that privacy considerations should take precedence over copyright rights. It accused Voltage of being a “copyright troll” that will intimidate subscribers into easy settlements through demand letters and threats of litigation, even if they weren’t the ones involved in illegal downloading.

The court said it will monitor Voltage’s dealings with alleged pirates and wants to see a draft of their demand letter to ensure subscribers are advised they should get legal advice and that no court has determined that they are guilty or that they have to pay up.

“In my view, the Order herein balances the rights of Internet users who are alleged to have downloaded the copyright works against the rights of Voltage to enforce its rights,” the court ruled.