Canadian Students Threatened With Deportation Over Downloading
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Canadian Students Threatened With Deportation Over Downloading

Copyright owners have sent letters to students accused of unauthorized downloading that amount to “extortion,” threatening them with extreme consequences if they don’t pay hundreds of dollars, the University of Manitoba says. Under Canada’s “notice and notice” system, internet service providers — including universities — are required to forward notices of infringement to customers who a copyright holder has accused of piracy. (Photo: Hinterhaus Productions via Getty Images) But the school says some rights holders — primarily porn production companies — are issuing letters that threaten students with multi-million-dollar lawsuits, loss of scholarships or even deportation if they don’t settle for hundreds of dollars, the Manitoban reported last week. “None of which are real consequences that could ever happen in the Canadian scheme of things,” the university’s copyright strategy manager, Joel Guenette, told the newspaper. ”But we hear from students all the time — especially international students — who are really freaked out by this.” He said the university has forwarded some 8,000 notices of infringement to students since the “notice and notice” regime went into force in early 2015. The copyright holders’ threats are hollow: Under the new copyright regime brought in by the previous Conservative government, non-commercial […]

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