News Net Copyright, Neutrality Bills Proposed in Canada
posted on 2008-06-03 14:44 EDT
Canada's National Post newspaper reports that the Conservative Party will introduce copyright legislation that targets unauthorized file-sharers with a C$500 fine per "personal use download." The bill's introduction may happen as soon as this week. University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist says that the legislation was spurred by pressure from the United States to enact laws similar to the American Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Meanwhile, the CBC television network reported that The New Democratic Party of Canada introduced a separate bill to ensure net neutrality last week. In the broadest terms, net neutrality guarantees that all Internet traffic is treated equally, regardless of the content, origin, or system setup.