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On January 2, 2015, the new Copyright Modernization Act came into force in Canada and some very interesting articles were recently published in order to help Internet users understand more clearly the nature of this new law, especially since numerous questions remain for many people.

Here are a few articles online that will inform you on the subject…

1) Canadian Press, Copyright Modernization Act Takes Effect As Shomi And CraveTV Ramp Up, published on 12/31/2014.

2) Canada.com, Why illegal downloading just became riskier for Canadians, published on 01/05/2015.

3) Maclean’s, Can stern letters really stop Canadians from downloading illegally?, published on 01/22/2015.

Moreover, two very interesting governmental sites provide information on cyber security and the new provisions of this law:

1) Government of Canada, Balanced Copyright, http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/crp-prda.nsf/eng/home.

2) Government of Canada, Downloading and File Sharing, http://www.getcybersafe.gc.ca/cnt/rsks/nln-ctvts/dlng-shrng-eng.aspx.

The biggest risk of downloading online contents through P2P (torrent, etc.) is the fact that when such downloads are done, it is impossible to know what will actually be incorporated into the downloaded video (viruses, spyware, etc.). When downloading video illegally, the IP associated with the downloaded documents is recorded automatically by the web provider and can be provided to the authorities … even if the person clears his computer, IP traces remain in the server.

However, several alternatives exist:

– go to the movies;
– rent movies at your video store or through your TV distributor; or
– why not subscribe to Netflix (a low monthly payment and less worries)?

Besides Netflix, there are many other possibilities for online streaming; this article presents several of them: Will Shanklin, Netflix alternatives: These 7 services are the closest you’ll get, http://www.geek.com/news/netflix-alternatives-these-7-services-are-the-closest-youll-get-1472327.