Bell Coalition Who Wants To Stop Piracy Gets Slapped Silly By Those Who Say They Want To Dismantle Net Neutrality

Well, the coalition of telcos and others who want to stop piracy by blocking access to sites that they deem to be pirate websites just got introduced to reality in a big way. According to Michael Geist, thousands of people have hit them via the CRTC with submissions that a very much against this idea:

As of this morning, there are over 4,200 interventions on the CRTC site. To put these numbers in perspective, there were more objections to website blocking in less than a week than interventions to the CRTC’s much-promoted Let’s Talk TV consultation over several months. What makes the public response particularly noteworthy is that the submissions are not the result of an organized campaign. OpenMedia is inviting Canadians to comment through its website, but these are not its submissions (which will presumably come later in a group response). In fact, in skimming through the responses (JF Mezei helpfully pulled the first 3,800 together), it is striking how while the sentiment remains the same for the vast majority of submissions (do not approve website blocking), the individual responses are largely unique. Indeed, some submissions identify many technical, legal, and policy concerns with the proposal (for example, hereherehereherehere).

This should make it clear to Bell and those who blindly follow Bell that they’re on the wrong side of this issue. If they were smart, they’d back away from this right now. But they’re not going to do that and instead, they’re going to push ahead and face some epic blowback.

Sucks to be them.

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