Copyright infringement happens when one party uses, sells, distributes, or recreates another person's work of authorship without the original owner's consent. Copyright infringement can happen in a variety of ways, through many mediums, including motion pictures, photographs, paintings, musical recordings, and literary works.
With the emergence of the Internet, copyright infringement laws have expanded in an effort to adapt laws to meet the growth of technology. The Internet is a tool that allows the easy retrieval of information instantaneously. This makes it easy for information to spread quickly, though much of this information can be copyrighted. To prevent this from happening, new intellectual property laws have been established to protect creative works that are being spread without consent quickly and easily over the internet.
Section 41.26 of the Canada Copyright Act, which came into force on January 2, 2015, requires ISP providers, like ACN, to forward to you any notice we may have received from the mentioned copyright owner.
In order to comply with the said Copyright Act, the notice must identify:
- What is the alleged infringement
- The material to which the alleged infringement relates
- The claimant’s name, address, and right with respect to it, and
- The electronic address, date and time of the alleged activity
When a service provider, such as ACN, receives such a notice, we must do two things: forward the notice to the alleged violator, providing either a success or failure receipt; and retain the information allowing the account holder’s identity to be kept for a period of six months. Should the copyright owner responsible for sending the notice commence any court proceedings; we may be required to retain the information for a period of more than six months.
Please note that ACN will not take any legal action against you.