April 3rd, 2004

benpeek

Every Canadian I Have Known Has Been Fantastic

"File swappers in Canada can rest easy for the moment after a Federal Court ruling Wednesday said uploading music files into shared folders on peer-to-peer networks like Kazaa is legal.

Justice Konrad von Finckenstein's decision throws a wrench into plans by the music industry to sue people who share songs over the Internet. Unlike similar cases in the United States, he said the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) didn't prove there was copyright infringement by 29 so-called music uploaders.

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Von Finckenstein said that downloading a song or making files available in the shared directories does not constitute copyright infringement under the current Canadian law.

"No evidence was presented that the alleged infringers either distributed or authorized the reproduction of sound recordings," he wrote in his 28-page ruling. "They merely placed personal copies into their shared directories which were accessible by other computer users via a P2P service."

He compared the action to a photocopy machine in a library. "I cannot see a real difference between a library that places a photocopy machine in a room full of copyrighted material and a computer user that places a personal copy on a shared directory linked to a P2P service," he said."

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Observation #5007

Have you ever noticed how '&' is an ugly little symbol? It's a compact, brutal element of written language that, when used, rips the beauty out of your text.
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Quick Update On Previous Entry.

for those few who care:

people both beautiful and ugly have told me that the title a walking tour of the dreaming city is quite useable and i have decided that they might just have a point. whoever said i was a stubborn, anti social fucker that never listened to anyone needs to take a photo of this post and frame it.

anyhow, if you've an opinion either way, feel free to voice it.