Thousands of students at the University of Manitoba have received letters under Canada’s notice-and-notice regime for allegedly downloading copyrighted material without authorization. The regime, which came into force in 2015, requires Internet service providers to forward letters from copyright holders to Internet users when an IP address of that user is associated with an activity that is alleged to be an infringement of copyright. The University of Manitoba, as the Internet service provider on its campus, is obliged to forward the notices to the students, or face financial penalties. As there are currently no regulations governing the content of the letters, many copyright holders include demands for settlement payments in the letters, as has been happening with the demand letters forwarded by the University. Read more here.
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