A CANADIAN SOFTWARE FORENSICS FIRM has issued a warning to Canadian citizens, saying it has evidence that around a million of them have been downloading content illegally.
Canipre revealed the threat in the Canadian newspaper Global News. It said that the day of the downloader is coming to an end in Canada and warned of impending doom.
"The door is closing. People should think twice about downloading content they know isn't proper," said Canipre MD Barry Logan.
"Canada is a very significant country in terms of peer-to-peer file sharing and illegal downloading of copyright works. We have quite a significant evidence collection [programme] that has been in place in Canada for a number of months, [and] it doesn't discriminate between ISPs."
Logan said that his company has files on a million Canadians that have downloaded material described as "pirated" and warned that they could be hit with a $5,000 fine each. That's a lot of Canadian dollars.
Canadians apparently are not worried by letters that warn them that they might be involved in illegal downloading, but they might think differently if they are threatened with court action.
A wide range of people could find nasties in their postboxes and Logan suggested that targeted downloaders will get letters over more than Justin Bieber hits.
"I don't think we have to limit this to just teenagers downloading Justin Bieber's last record," Logan added. "We represent a lot of mature titles that would be of interest to the 30/40/50 crowd." µ