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Canada's Telecoms and National Media Want the Government to Block Piracy Websites

•, Jordan Pearson

As the US dismantles net neutrality protections for the internet, a powerful group of Canadian telecom companies, cultural organizations, one labour union, and the national broadcaster are all lining up behind a proposal that would allow the government to block access to websites that illegally host pirated content within Canada.

The proposal has raised the ire of digital rights activists in Canada, who believe that such provisions constitute censorship, and could be used to block access to legitimate content.

The coalition, called FairPlay Canada, was unveiled on Monday. That day, the group also filed an application to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) asking the federal regulator to create an "Independent Piracy Review Agency" that will "consider applications identifying piracy sites" and recommend websites serving pirated content to the CRTC, which would then order internet service providers to block their customers' access to those websites.

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