I think that all y'all should read through the actual copyright law, or at least, check out Michael Geist's blog
The max fine is 5000 canukshekels for all infringements prior to the lawsuit, but the minimum fine is $100, and the law contains language advising the courts to consider stuff like the impact of the fine on the defendant, and so on. Mr. Geist suggests that it might not be worthwhile for the MAFIAA and so forth to go to court only to be awarded $100 in damages.
As well, the rulings of that Federal Court in Montreal ordering the ISPs to hand over the names of subscribers (there was another case about 18 months ago in the same court, I believe) have never been appealed; eventually, that will wind up in the Supreme Court.
No he's bloody-well not! Our government isn't set up that way. Harper's probably the worst PM ever.
The CRTC has to be seen to be an independent body, at least until they've made a ruling. Of course Harper will overturn this one -- there's an election coming up and the middle classes are the ones who vote and have the Internet connections and pay the most taxes and want their streaming video without a "surtax" from Bell Canada (which is run by French Canadians, as it happens).
Are you referring to Listowel? and how all businesses have to lock their dumpsters now. and the people that use orange stickers to fake the tags. not to mention the illegal dumping.
No, not Listowell, but all smaller communities have the same problems. Restaurants etc. lock their dumpsters here. People don't want to pay dump fees, so they go out to Nowhere Lane and drop stuff off. Or they keep it in a corner of their back yards until the neighbors complain.
I haven't heard of a problem with fake bag tags here, yet, although The Idea has occurred to me: how hard could it be to have several thousand printed up in Montreal when I'm there?. The WM guys check the tags a bit -- you wouldn't get away with any old blue sticker.
You live in a country that actually values its citizens. Here in the US, you better have a health insurance card in your wallet, or the paramedics will just mark your ass as "coded" as opposed to bother to try to resuscitate you should something happen. You live in the safest, richest, most peaceful nation on earth, and are bitching about how home hillbillies get paid? You don't know how lucky you have it where you are not having to deal everyday with someone coming into a cafe, pulling out two high capacity pistols and mowing down everybody in the restaurant on a daily basis. Or find that a discarded joint got stuck to your tire of your car, and are now facing a life prison sentence for that.
Well, that's all true, but comparisons are meaningless, really; I only visit the US for the lobster in Maine, and I buy travel health insurance before I leave.
I also don't live in Saudi Arabia where they'd cut off my hand and stone my ol' lady if I put the glass where the plastic should go. Or Somalia, where they'll kill you for supporting a soccer team. Hmm. Now that I think about it
I mean, everyone thinks that ET will be some kind of Yang science-fiction saviour, (s)he'll cure cancer and possess a quantum computer to deal with them prime numbers very quickly and then there'll be No More War and then the future will shine with a glowing white light halleluhahaha
But what if ET shows up and it's just a gang of uneducated thugish assholes who've stolen a spaceship that they only barely know how to operate and they've crashed it here and then the Tough family welcome them into their homes and right away call the president or the US of A?
Doesn't anyone read Flannery O'Connor anymore? Or Stephen King, for that matter.