(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The Canadian Recording Industry Association has commented on motions requesting Canada's largest internet service providers to reveal the identities of egregious music uploaders underlines the importance of Canadians' privacy rights. "Having followed due legal process before the court," said CRIA general counsel Richard Pfohl, "we are confident that the court will require internet service providers to disclose the identities of alleged digital music infringers. The approach we have taken protects Canadians' privacy rights while ensuring that people can't steal music and remain anonymous."
On February 11, CRIA filed motions to require five Canadian internet service providers to disclose the identities of alleged large-scale infringers who have been openly and illegally distributing thousands of digital music files to millions of strangers. These people were subscribers to internet services operated by Bell/Sympatico, Rogers Communications Inc., Shaw Communications Inc., TELUS Corporation and Videotron Telecom Ltd.
Canada's recording industry has several initiatives designed to meet the technological challenges posed by illegal online music distribution: from the innovative and ongoing Value of Music public awareness campaign aimed at the early teen demographic, to direct 'instant messages' to unauthorized file-sharing service users, to the creation of new legal online business models like www.puretracks.com and www.archambaultzik.ca.
The Canadian Recording Industry Association is a non-profit trade association representing the interests of Canadian companies that create, manufacture and market sound recordings. In all they represent 95 per cent of the sound recordings that are manufactured and sold in Canada.–Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner