Canada issues its first piracy blocking order to ISPs

Canada joins a host of countries around the world that have issued ISP blocking orders to combat pirate sites.

Canada’s Federal Court has made an unprecedented ruling ordering the nation’s ISPs to block GoldTV, a popular pirate Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service.

Bell, Rogers, and Videotron, major Canadian broadcasters that also function as ISPs, spearheaded the push to obtain the court order to block GoldTV, which claimed to offer thousands of channels to paying subscribers.

The nationwide blocking order is significant as it is the first of its kind in the country.

The ban includes GoldTV’s domain names and IP addresses, effectively putting an end to their operations, which delivered television services using the Internet protocol suite over packet-switched networks such as a LAN or the Internet, instead of being delivered through traditional terrestrial, satellite signal, and cable television formats.

Censorship by ISP-level blocking has become a prime measure for the entertainment industries to target pirate sites on the Internet and enforce copyright claims. In recent years, websites have been blocked throughout the UK, Germany, Spain, Russia, Japan, Singapore and Australia, among other countries.

The full judgment can be viewed on Reclaim The Net’s website.