The New Canadian Legislation plowing its way through parliament now legalizes the process of 'finable offences' for partaking in P2P, Youtube or other copyright infringement activities. What is interesting is the government will be able to simply mail out fines, and turn it into a cash revenue crop, much like the photo-radar machines that dot the cities across Canada.
Before the pending legislation it was very rare for the establishment to bother the P2P community. To even stop one user required lawyers, court trails and so forth - a very resource intensive process, costing the system more money than they could obtain from the 'criminal' or 'victim' (depending on your position.) This new legislation will change all that, allowing a cash stream to go into General Revenue, and heavy monied lobbyists will naturally have the resources to fight for a cut of this cash-stream, namely the larger players in the movie industry...
Strangely if you read up on the news articles pertaining to the Bill C-61
, the government is quite silent about their 'enforcement strategy.' We would anticipate ticketing through the mail is precisely how the legislation could, and probably will be used. Although the RCMP may not be the enforcers of this bill, just wait for a new 'P2P Gestapo' to lucratively milk the public for P2P Infringement money. The bulk of the income will goto a few large players in the government and entertainment industry. The end performers and artists will still be left as they always have been - living on macaroni..
So anybody in Canada who would like to grab a free copy of that song (or even look at a Youtube video - that may have copyright material in it) - could be fined up to $500. Additionally anybody in Canada would would like to UPLOAD that same song or copyright material could be liable for a $20,000 fine. No more mix-mastering your favourite You-Tube video...
Initially the crop will be fertile with only the uploaders targeted. Eventually as word spreads this stream will be expected to dry up quickly. Naturally it will be enforced in a way to prevent any major political upset that might have to give an inch of freedom back to the milk-friendly Canadian population.
So think twice if your from Canada and you want to pull some files from Pirate Bay..