Canadian Tories eye $500 fine for illegal downloads

The federal Conservatives are set to introduce new copyright legislation as soon as this week that will include provisions to target users with a $500 fine for all illegal files transferred online, a move that legal experts say could see Canadians sued for hundreds of thousands of dollars if found guilty of infringement.Multiple sources familiar with the matter have told the National Post that one of the provisions in the government’s updated Copyright Act of Canada will include a fine for each “personal use download” found to be shared online through peer-to-peer software programs.

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