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Federal Court of Appeal Upholds First ever Website Blocking Order

The Federal Court of Appeal has upheld the first ever website blocking order. In 2019 the Federal Court issued an order for Canadian internet service providers (ISPs) to block websites operating under the name “GoldTV” which offered thousands of traditional TV channels for a nominal fee – infringing on those TV channel providers’ copyrights. This decision could be seen as a new tool for copyright holders to protect their rights or as a blow to net neutrality. The Canadian government is currently consulting on internet legislation and public reaction to this decision could certainly affect whether the new legislation will support stronger net neutrality or stronger copyright protections as the Federal Court of Appeal choose to.

More information on the initial decision can be found here and on the Court of Appeal decision here and here.

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