Oh Canada! The liberal world continues to flutter its eyes at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, but music and movie rightsholders aren’t so impressed with his country’s copyright regime. The latest ‘watch list’ report from intellectual-property body the IIPA claims Canada remains a “safe haven” for piracy in 2017.
“For a number of years, extending well into the current decade, Canada had a well-deserved reputation as a safe haven for some of the most massive and flagrant Internet sites dedicated to the online theft of copyright material,” claims its report, while praising the Canadian authorities for helping to shut down KickassTorrents.
“Nonetheless, major online piracy operations still find a home in Canada. These include leading BitTorrent sites such as Sumotorrent.sx and Seedpeer.eu, and hybrid cloud storage services utilising BitTorrents, such as cloudload.com.” The report goes on to accuse Canada’s system of ISP notices for customers accused of online piracy of being ineffective: “Receiving the notices lacks any meaningful consequences under the Canadian system…”