Canada Caps File-Sharing Fines at $5,000


We’ve all heard the nightmare stories of people getting hit with outlandish fines for doing what so many consumers have now become accustomed to doing: illegally downloading music. These cases have been taken to court and some targeted individuals have been asked to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars.

To combat these seemingly random attacks on individuals who are made into examples, Canada has moved to cap fines associated with file-sharing at $5,000 (Canadian dollars, $5,035 US) for individuals. Penalties for piracy on a commercial level will remain the same.

“This Bill ensures that Canadians will not face disproportionate penalties for minor infringements of copyright by distinguishing between commercial and non-commercial infringement,” a Canadian FAQ page explained.

Will the U.S. follow suit, or will the powers that be prevent something similar from being enacted here?

(Digital Music News)

  • PancakeMcKennz

    Who oversees these fines? The R-I-Double Eh? lollllllll

    Get it? I’m an American making a reference to the Canadian dialect.

  • Stef

    Man FUCK YOU PancakeMCKennaz Ima fuck you up when i see you, bitch made fuckboy.

    get it? im a canadian making reference to the American dialect.

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