Several entertainment and software industry groups, mainly based in the U.S., are quickly finding that email notices to Canadians can successfully stop illegal file sharing. These industry groups find that email is an effective tool to deter Canadians from sharing musical and other works without proper approval.
In the U.S., many groups are commencing legal action seeking redress, but in Canada, Internet service providers (ISPs), such as Rogers, Bell and Telus have agreed to distribute notices to their Canadian customers alleged to have downloaded files. For instance, the Business Software Alliance sent out almost 60,000 ‘notice and notice’ emails to Canadian Internet users in 2006. In Canada, the legal weight accorded to this type of copyright infringement notice is yet to be determined given the state of copyright legislation in the country. However, the program has been successful at stopping users from downloading. Privacy advocates and consumers are concerned about the type of personal information ISPs are providing to these industry groups. ISPs maintain that they do not pass on information, such as user name and address, to these groups.