CRIA Private Copying Collective

Source: Micheal Geist

“Tuesday November 13, 2007
Readers of this blog will recall that CRIA broke from the Canadian Private Copying Collective earlier this fall by seeking leave to intervene in a federal court case where it will oppose the expansion of the private copying levy. CRIA identified seven objections to the Copyright Board’s iPod levy decision, but the federal court ruled that it didn’t want to hear those arguments. Instead, it granted CRIA leave to intervene on the condition that it limit its argument to the core issue before the court.

CRIA has just submitted its brief and it would appear that the judge’s ruling did not make much of an impression. Virtually all the issues CRIA raised in its initial request to intervene are back including claims that the private copying levy would violate Canada’s international trade obligations and that the private copying levy will kill the digital music market (CRIA argues that “no service can compete with something that is free”). It also argues that the Copyright Board was wrong to say that without the expansion of the levy it would “instantly make the conduct of millions of Canadians illegal, and even possibly criminal”, noting that making private copies could not be a criminal offense in Canada.”



RIAA Demands Universities Subscribe…or Else!


The RIAA is demanding Universities stop all P2P activity that the RIAA doesn’t like on campus and subscribe to the likes of Napster or Rhaspody or lose Federal financial funding.

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Radiohead Fans, 62% Paid Nothing

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“Just 38 percent of Radiohead fans paid for the latest album, according to data recently supplied by comScore. The band allowed fans to name their price for the downloadable release, In Rainbows, a closely-watched experiment. While most fans grabbed the album for nothing, a significant percentage paid modest amounts. According to the data, 17 percent paid an average of $4 for the album, while 12 percent paid between $8 and $12.”

Government Says P2P Users Buy More CD’s

Source: Micheal Geist

“A newly study commissioned by Industry Canada, which includes some of the most extensive surveying to date of the Canadian population on music purchasing habits, finds what many have long suspected (though CRIA has denied) – there is a positive correlation between peer-to-peer downloading and CD purchasing. The Impact of Music Downloads and P2P File-Sharing on the Purchase of Music: A Study For Industry Canada was conducted collaboratively by two professors from the University of London, Industry Canada, and Decima Research, who surveyed over 2,000 Canadians on their music downloading and purchasing habits. “

Jammie Thomas and The RIAA


“My family have been my most staunch supporters through this entire situation. My parents even helped me secure a loan for the retainer money for my attorney when this first started. All of my family wanted to be at the courthouse during the trial, but after I saw the news articles that happened the day before the trial started, I asked them to stay away, to try and shield them from what I was about to go through.”

“After I was contacted by the RIAA, I started researching these cases hoping to find answers to why this was happening and what I could do to stop it. I came across websites that would become one some of the biggest assistant in my own case. These site are Recording Industry vs. The People, a blog written by an attorney, Mr. Ray Beckerman, who handles similar cases in New York, and It is also because of Mr. Beckerman I was able to find Mr. Brian Toder, my attorney in Minnesota.”

“I brought my computer into Best Buy for repairs on March 7, 2005. Remember, I brought it in for repairs under the extended warranty, not to have the hard drive replaced. And if anyone who has used a large chain electronic store to repair their electrical equipment knows, these companies do not replace hard drives on the whim of the customer if they have to pay for the hard drive replacement covered under warranty. They try to do whatever is cheaper for the company, which normally means fixing the issues with the hard drive. With my hard drive, the issues couldn’t be fixed so Best Buy, not me but Best Buy, made the decision to replace the hard drive.”

“I was found liable of copyright infringement without the plaintiffs having to prove I downloaded anything, without having to prove I was aware of any file sharing taking place on my computer or within my home, without having to prove I owned a copy of KaZaa, without having to prove any files were shared with anyone from my computer and without having to prove who was on the computer the night of February 21, 2005.”

jammie thomas and kids

These are some of the highlights I picked out. These are Jamie’s own words. Click the link at the top of the post to read the whole thing on

CRIA iPod Levy Update


“The Federal Court of Appeal on Friday granted CRIA’s request to intervene in the private copying/iPod levy judicial review, a case that openly reveals the divisions between CRIA and the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CRIA is on the board of CPCC but the CPCC objected to its intervention request). ”

“CRIA was therefore added to the case and given permission to file a 15 page memo and spend 20 minutes of argument on issues surrounding the digital audio recorders and whether they qualify as a medium for the purposes of the Copyright Act. Its claims about private copying and the legality of peer-to-peer downloading will have to wait for another day.”

How Do They Limit Bandwidth?

A lot of ISP’s use Sandvine to control and or limit bandwidth to their customers. What is Sandvine? Here is their website info about their products.

“Report of P2P traffic Reduces transit costs by keeping subscriber P2P traffic within the service provider’s network. Reorganize Improves the subscriber experience through enhanced P2P performance.