What kind of activities does your eighty-year-old grandmother enjoy? Quilting? Cross-stitch? Maybe she’s a bit more modern and she likes killing zombies in post-nuclear Moscow.
Sounds pretty unlikely, right? And yet somewhere in Canada there’s a nice octogenarian lady that an anti-piracy group thinks pirated Metro 2033. And they were confident (or careless) enough to send her an infringement notice. They also strongly suggested that she pay $5,000 to keep things from getting messy.
So this is what it’s come to, copyright police? Shaking down the elderly. Classy move.
The woman rightly believed the email that showed up in her inbox to be nothing more than a scam, and it’s easy to see why. The tactics are quite similar, what with the threat of legal action and the “helpful” inclusion of an easy way to submit a payment to make the problem go away. When she called her ISP, Cogeco, they confirmed that the email she received was definitely a real infringement notice.
They knew as much because they sent it to her. Not because they wanted to, mind you. I’m guessing that Cogeco doesn’t enjoy playing the goon, especially not when someone’s grandmother is the target.
No, they did it because they’re required to. In 2015, Canadian lawmakers passed the Copyright Modernization Act. The Act has drawn comparisons to SOPA and that’s where the $5,000 figure came from. That’s the maximum fine a non-commercial infringer can be slapped with in Canada.
Obviously if your business model involves scaring people into paying you money you’re going to throw around the biggest number you can. This 86-year-old Canadian isn’t having any of it, though.
She’s refused to pay, and with good reason. She’s never even heard of Metro 2033 and swears she didn’t download it. I think I’m willing to give her the benefit of the doubt.