In an effort to stave off a financial meltdown, the federal government is moving to crack online piracy.
But the changes won’t stop people from pirating or stealing copyrighted content.
That’s because the rules won’t apply to the millions of Canadians who download music and movies from the Internet.
That means people can’t be fined for pirating.
Nor can they be charged for illegally downloading content from their computers or smartphones.
And unlike a criminal prosecution, the government will not make the illegal downloading illegal.
The change comes as the federal Government prepares to announce plans to regulate the Internet by 2019.
The changes, which are expected to come into effect next week, are part of a broader plan to combat online piracy, which includes efforts to crack the digital economy.
Under the proposed new regulations, the content owners of copyrighted content could be ordered to pay the owners of illegally obtained content.
In the case of music and video, the owner of the pirated file would be required to pay royalties to the copyright holder.
The government also wants to prevent anyone from circumventing copyright laws by creating a copy of the illegally obtained file on the Internet, a new offence.
The rules will also require Internet service providers to keep records of all users’ access to copyrighted content, and would prohibit ISPs from blocking access to sites that offer illegal access.
The Government is also proposing changes to the Copyright Act to prevent the creation of new Internet content that isn’t infringing on copyright.
Under those measures, the Government could, for example, impose a $10 fine on anyone who makes a video that infringes on a copyrighted work.
The move is aimed at staving off a collapse in the value of the Canadian dollar that could wipe out the economy.
The plan is expected to bring in $1.5 billion in revenue by 2019, according to the department’s website.
The federal government also said it will expand the number of Canadian ISPs and add online content distributors.
The new rules will come into force next week.
The minister responsible for Internet policy, Industry Minister Christian Paradis, said he wants to “help Canadians innovate and create new businesses” and make the Internet more accessible.
“This is a huge step forward to ensuring that Canadians will have access to the best possible content in the future, which is important for jobs, economic growth and innovation,” Paradis said in a statement.
Paradis noted that the new rules are part the government’s response to a major economic downturn in the past few years, which has seen an increase in piracy and theft.
He said the government is also taking steps to protect consumers from unfair or deceptive practices, which include advertising that promotes fraudulent products.
“The Government is taking steps in the right direction, but there are still some areas where we need to work more to address this,” he said.
Paradiss also said the proposed rules are “an important first step.”
The Canadian Music Association said the new regulations will hurt music producers and labels.
“If we have to pay copyright holders to enforce their copyrights, that’s really a red line,” said David Macdonald, president of the CMA.
“I think we’re getting the message that we have no right to charge for content that is being downloaded by people who don’t pay us.
The costs to the Canadian economy are high.”
Paradis’ plan to regulate Internet content comes as his Liberal government is preparing to introduce new rules to protect Canadians from online piracy and to protect online content.
He is also looking to address the problem of people breaking into government computers and stealing government records.
In addition to the music industry, the Conservative government is expected soon to announce new laws to address copyright infringement.
Those measures could include stiffer penalties for anyone who breaks into a government computer and steals government records and documents.