Have you received an email demanding cash for alleged online piracy? Then read this.

It’s a chilling sort of email. Someone from somewhere insists that you’ve violated copyright in some way (music, movies, other downloads) and demands a cash settlement. Won’t pay? Then prepare for expensive legal action.

But hold on. Don’t pay yet.

Canada’s piracy notice system has been in effect for four years. The rules have just been amended the rules. To be clear: These notices cannot demand cash from Canadians.

The cut to the chase, the new Canadian Copyright Act rules say that piracy notices can’t ask you for personal information or any kind of settlement fee.

The CBC has the whole story here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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