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Internet users receive illegal downloading notices, but what do they mean?

April 24, 2015

Global News

HALIFAX – If you like to download songs, movies or TV shows and recently received a copyright infringement warning notice – you’re not alone.

As of January 1, 2015, internet service providers (ISP) are legally required to pass on these notices as part of Canada’s Copyright Modernization Act. Prior to this date, ISPs have been forwarding notices to consumers voluntarily.

READ MORE: New regulations about illegal downloading go into effect

Dalhousie University student Beatrix Yuan is a big fan of the HBO show, Banshee.

But since she didn’t have a subscription, she decided to download two episodes from a torrent site in February.

“Season 3 just started and I really wanted to know what happened,” she said with a laugh.

Three weeks later, she received an email from her internet provider, Bell, letting her know that HBO had caught wind of her illegal downloading and it constituted possible copyright infringement.

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