These proposals will put Canada on a slippery slope towards online censorship and resemble the activities seen in authoritative regimes, not healthy democracies. But if enough of us speak up, we can get the federal government to reject Bellís outrageous proposals and stop them dead in their tracks.
Tell Minister Chrystia Freeland to reject Bell's underhanded attempt to exploit NAFTA to impose Internet censorship. Canada's copyright rules should be shaped democratically by Canadians.
The case against Bellís draconian copyright proposals:
Bellís reckless proposal is a disproportionate and unnecessary attack on users' rights that will result in widespread chilling of expression online.
This is a blatant attempt by Bell to prop up its outdated media business at the expense of free expression and our democratic rights.
Bellís proposal goes far beyond what even U.S. copyright lobbyists are advocating for, which is typically the most extreme.3
Putting a third-party agency in charge of what people can and cannot see online inherently gives preferential treatment to some online content over other.
A mandatory website blocking system with no court oversight is especially alarming when you are looking criminal liability.
This is the kind of activities that we see in authoritative regimes, which seriously compromises and erodes our free expression and democratic rights.
Bell Calls for CRTC-Backed Website Blocking System and Complete Criminalization of Copyright in NAFTA - Michael Geist