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Canada turns a blind eye to piracy for personal use

Do you think that piracy is too difficult to track down, and so organizations should stop wasting their time trying to prevent it? Well, that's essentially what's happening in Canada, at least for copyrighted materials that are downloaded for personal use.

Do you think that piracy is too difficult to track down, and so organizations should stop wasting their time trying to prevent it? Well, that's essentially what's happening in Canada, at least for copyrighted materials that are downloaded for personal use.

According to Slashdot:

mlauzon writes: "The RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) announced that it will stop targeting people who download copyrighted material for personal use (Google translation). Their priority will be to focus on organized crime and copyright theft that affects the health and safety of consumers, such as copyright violations related to medicine and electrical appliances, instead of the cash flow of large corporations. Around the same time that the CRIA (Canadian Recording Industry Association) successfully took Demonoid offline, the RCMP made clear that Demonoid's users don't have to worry about getting prosecuted, at least not in Canada. 'Piracy for personal use is no longer targeted,' Noel St-Hilaire, head of copyright theft investigations of the RCMP, said in an interview. 'It is too easy to copy these days and we do not know how to stop it.'"

That last line is the clincher... "It is too easy to copy these days and we do not know how to stop it." Some people may think that Canada's plan is absolutely spot on. After all, why spin your wheels and spend your energy all for naught? Why not focus on an area that is more important — dealing with health and safety of consumers — where you can actually make a difference? On the other hand, is this relenting actually sending a loud message that downloading copyrighted materials is okay?

What are your thoughts about piracy for personal use?

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