Avast, ye scurvey knaves! (If you’re Canadian, that is.) You’d better get au courant with that and similar phrases, such as Shiver me timbers.
Because it’s that time of year. The corporate movie industry is once again targeting Canadians in a renewed attempt to bring to book anyone and everyone it claims is illegally downloading and sharing movies.
Every once in a while, the big movie houses zero in on Canada, trotting out the empty claim that it’s a nation of thieving pirates, using the likes of Canadian MPAA clone, the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association as a front.
In the US, the MPAA (Motion picture Association of America) is Hollywood’s PR/enforcement agency specialising spitting out spurious statistics to support its claims of losses it says are directly due to file sharers.
Now Montreal company Canapre, determined to cash in on the the Hollywood piracy gold-rush, has been hired to to do Hollywood’s dirty work.
On its webpage, the company boasts it’s fired off more than 3,500,000 take-down notices with a compliance rate of 100%.”
“Across all areas of the global internet, 23.76% of user traffic is estimated to involve infringing content,” it declares, quoting specious CMPDA stats.
“Bit Torrent traffic is estimated to account for 17.9% of ALL internet traffic, it says. “Nearly two thirds of this traffic is estimated to be non-pornographic copyright protected content such as films, television episodes, music, computer games, and software.
“Downloads from cyber-locker sites are estimated to account for 7% of all internet traffic (73.2% representing illegal downloads of copyright protected content)
Definitely stay tuned.
Jon Newton — myblogdammit
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