In the late 1990s, it was common for people to share movies online for free.
In the years that followed, it became clear that many people were sharing material for personal use without permission.
In 2005, the Recording Industry Association of Canada (RIAC) released guidelines that outlined a “safe harbor” for people sharing content online without permission, and that made it illegal for anyone to make or distribute copies of copyrighted works without the consent of the copyright owner.
In 2011, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that this safe harbor applies to digital media, and said that online platforms like YouTube and Netflix can’t be considered a “source” for a work.
Now, the Canadian Copyright Office has set out a new set of guidelines for people who want to share a movie or television show without permission for their own personal use.
The Copyright Office said the new rules will ensure that Canadians have “access to the works of others.”
And they will also prevent online services from discriminating against those who are willing to comply with the rules.
The guidelines were announced in a document posted online on Tuesday.
Under the guidelines, “you will be able to access a work without its creator’s permission, provided that you are not distributing, performing, or otherwise transferring it, except for the purposes for which it was created.”
This means that people who use these services will be allowed to download or stream a work, but they will need to obtain the permission of the person who created the work, as well as the copyright holder.
The new guidelines also give individuals the option of asking their lawyers to review their copyright claims and request that they be granted permission to use their works.
In addition to being able to download a movie, someone who wants to use a movie for personal purposes must go through a “screening process” in order to get permission to do so.
This includes an online screening, which can take a few days or even weeks.
“This is a very important step in the right direction in helping ensure that people with a legitimate interest in accessing a copyrighted work can access it,” said Ian Sinclair, director of the Institute for Copyright and Copyright Law at the University of Ottawa.
“It’s also good news that people are able to seek redress under the Copyright Act in Canada.”
The new rules also clarify that people should not try to prevent others from viewing a work online.
For example, they should not remove content they have not given permission to view, and they should avoid making requests to third parties for access to a work that they have already paid for.
If a person has given permission for someone else to view the work online, they must be able for that person to access the work on a computer and ensure that the person can view the content.
However, if a user wants to make a request to someone else who does not have permission to see the work or to remove content that has been uploaded to the site, they will still need to do this through their lawyer.
This means people will still have the option to block the sites that have been posted to their profiles.
Sinclair said it’s important that people understand that this is an important step, and one that will protect people’s rights.
“The fact that this was a voluntary change in law is a good sign that people want to have a bit of privacy and control over what they’re sharing,” he said.
“People are more likely to do it voluntarily if they are aware of the possible consequences.”
This article originally appeared on The Conversation.
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