Federal Court

A Federal Court is ordering Canadian internet service providers to block the site for a company that offers online streaming pirated television.

The precedent step is the first time such orders have been made in Canada, and the judge said that ISPs have 15 days to comply.

The decision affects the Gold TV, IPTV service which offers thousands of traditional TV channels streamed over the Internet for a nominal fee.

Earlier this year, a coalition of Canadian telecommunications companies and ISPs – Bell Media, Groupe TVA, and Rogers Media – filed a complaint in federal court that said GoldTV.ca sell subscriptions to a variety of channels without having rights.

But fellow ISP TekSavvy opposes the measures and said the court should rely on “special expertise” of the CRTC, not exercise its own jurisdiction on the matter. The company also raised concerns that the ISP will be faced with “hundreds or thousands” of command-blocking websites in the future, and that could put “significant strain” on resources.

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Judge acknowledges that internet censorship has not been made earlier this nature in Canada, although something similar has been published in English.

GoldTV billed itself as a “premium IPTV provider of Canada” offers 4,000 TV channels in standard and high definition for as little as $ 15 per month. Among the Canadian TV channel is its website at Citytv, CTV, Global, and international outlets BBC, ESPN and Animal Planet.

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