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Nobody gets sued for illegally downloading movies, right? — Think again, Canada

Postby MrFredPFL » Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:17 am

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People tend to ignore warnings from their internet service providers that they face imminent legal action for illegally distributing a movie. They’re skeptical a copyright holder would actually follow through and sue them for merely downloading a film, something millions of people do every day.

But these threats are no longer empty. Movie rights holders over the past year and a half have launched at least 17 copyright infringement lawsuits naming a total of more than 1,000 Canadians, and, in some cases, have won damages hundreds of times higher than the cost of renting or buying an online movie or streaming it legally on Netflix.

The federal court has ordered at least a dozen people to pay statutory damages of $5,000 apiece to rights holders including Headhunter LLC and LHF Productions LLC, respective owners of movies A Family Man and London Has Fallen.

Intellectual property lawyers and telecom companies say the volume and type of activity is unprecedented in Canada. But they expect even more consumers to get caught up — whether they intentionally distributed a movie or their internet account was unwittingly used to do so — depending on a forthcoming Supreme Court of Canada decision on who pays the cost of chasing content pirates.

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