‘Radical and overreaching’: Bell wants Canadians blocked from piracy websites

Canada is a safe haven for internet pirates, Bell Canada says. The telecom giant wants the federal government to fight back by blocking Canadians’ access to piracy websites and stiffening the penalties for violations.

“People are actually leaving the regulated [TV] system, not just because they want to watch Netflix but because they want to watch free content,” Rob Malcolmson, Bell’s senior VP of regulatory affairs, told federal politicians last week. He was speaking at a government hearing in Ottawa on NAFTA negotiations.

According to Malcolmson, this is how the website-blocking plan would work: an independent agency, such as Canada’s broadcast regulator (the CRTC), would create a blacklist of sites that allow people to download or stream pirated content like movies and TV shows.

Internet service providers, like Bell, would then be required to prevent their customers from accessing the sites.

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  • Jaedo Drax

    Rob Malcolmson has announced to the world that he is unaware as to how the internet works, and desires that the government tells RoBeTus that they need to lose more customers as quickly as possible.

    Since Justhin is a big fan of the ChiComms he might give them what they want.

  • Watchman

    Soon after, a simple anti-piracy list will add sites that contain fair-use video excerpts that are being criticised, then sites that contain hate speech will be added. And when that happens the openness of the Internet will be lost.

    • That is the plan.

      • Watchman

        A less extensive version of this is in progress on YouTube, Twitter, PayPal, and Patreon right now where conservatives (‘Hate Speakers’) are being demonetised or closed down in an attempt to drive them off the Internet and make their opinions or reporting just a distant (bad) memory.

  • Roger

    Access is restricted to only those without a VPN account… They have web site restrictions rules in places like Saudia Arabia. State is happy. Internet users with a VPN are also happy. Win win.

  • BillyHW

    Don’t worry, this will *never* be used to block The Rebel. Never, ever.

  • Lightstream

    Maybe if they lowered their exorbitant prices they wouldn’t lose so many customers. If this happens a VPN or Tor would be the answer.

  • BillyHW

    From my cold hairy hands!

    • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

      I damn well knew it, you’re really a feminist lesbian!

      • Bla Bla

        lol on both accounts

  • Alain

    We can thank both the CRTC and corporate socialism/corporate and government croneyism for having the poorest and most expensive internet service in the developed world. By the way that also includes mobil phone service.

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    I’m sorry, I can’t hear you over the sound of my own Plex Server!!!
    Has this guy never heard of encrypted VPNs and proxy servers?
    How the hell else would I get an unrestricted BBC feed?
    The laws are written by morons.

  • barryjr

    I can just see it all those CBC lovers telling us what we can watch yeah nothing wrong with that.

  • Is this about the ‘dark web’?

    • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

      No, Torrent sites.

    • Drunk by Noon ✓

      No, and the ability to interdict traffic on the dark web is pretty much ZERO, based on everything I think I know.

    • I think that’s exclusively on the onion network and refers to an area called “hidden services”. I’m on onion right now but obviously not using hidden services, the latter of which I’ve perused before and didn’t find anything very appealing. I remember visiting a “pirate” radio station — worst music and broadcasting ever! Dark indeed.

      • I never hear of this. I expect like me most ordinary people haven’t. If so, it can’t be much of a loss of revenue for mainstream media sites.

        • It’s a censorship circumvention network using its own operating system, addressing etc. (or it can be embedded in an exisitng OS) and a good alternative for free speechers in countries where censorship is heavy.

          At the moment it’s a mixed bag of free speechers, and shady criminal enterprise, but regular commercial companies are starting to check it out too — I think ‘Goolag’ already has an onion address.

          • I hope we don’t get to the stage where we have to hide to speak freely!

  • Bla Bla

    Straight to the point – f.ck bell, and f.ck the canadian oligarchs. They occupy the same level of swamp scum that the russian oligarchs do. Last time I checked, we still have to pay a premium on storage media to pay off the music/television cartels.