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National Day Of Action Raises Alarm Against Dangerous Website Blocking Proposal


Today civil society and the public are
speaking out across Canada to defend access to the
internet

May 27, 2021 —
Today civil society groups and concerned members of
the public are taking part in a National Day of Action
against the federal government’s proposal to block
websites and disconnect Internet users in Canada.
Participants are responding to the government’s Consultation
on a Modern Copyright Framework for Online
Intermediaries
, which closes May 31st.

The
consultation’s policy
paper
proposes cutting legal liability protections that
currently protect online intermediaries like ISPs from being
sued by copyright holders for providing neutral service to
the Internet, and requiring them to block user access to an
evolving list of websites. The paper also suggests
intermediaries should temporarily or permanently disconnect
users accused of accessing copyright infringing material,
and develop their own extrajudicial hearing and appeal
mechanisms to arbitrate between Internet users and copyright
holders.

“This is a wildly overreaching proposal
straight from Bell’s wishlist,” said OpenMedia Campaigns
Director Matthew Hatfield. “It’s
incredibly concerning to see the government now actively
proposing a plan that has already been rejected multiple
times, including by the CRTC.
There’s nothing fair or proportionate about what’s being
proposed through this copyright consultation, and today
folks are asking our government to reject these ideas for
good.”

Hatfield continued, “If these proposals go
through, we’ll see legitimate content inappropriately
blocked by overly aggressive copyright complaints, and
higher Internet prices for us as users, as the high costs
for this invasive blocking get passed on to us. Worst of
all, they could lead to some of Canada’s most vulnerable
folks — those who live in a community with only one choice
of Internet provider— losing access to the Internet
entirely. All of this is to ‘solve’ copyright
infringement that research suggests solves itself when
rights holders provide easy access to the content people
want at a reasonable price.”

Throughout the Day of
Action participants will be posting on social media and
working to drive more comments from the public to the
government’s copyright consultation. Nearly 13,000 members
of OpenMedia’s community have already submitted their
comments.

Fourteen organizations have endorsed a statement
condemning the proposals, including representatives from
libraries, civil liberties organizations, commercial
interests and privacy rights groups.

Those interested
in learning more about the Day of Action or in submitting
their comments to the consultation can visit the hub page at
DontBlock.ca.

About
OpenMedia

OpenMedia works to keep the Internet open,
affordable, and surveillance-free. We create
community-driven campaigns to engage, educate, and empower
people to safeguard the
Internet.

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