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scorpido
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New Hamburg, ON
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reply to bt

Re: DTV illegal in Canada? What is the legal justification?

So anyone want to provide an answer to the op question. Is it illegal to subscribe to and pay for Direct TV or Dishnetwork in Canada. Who cares about if it takes money away from Bell or some other cable provider. The OP is looking for an actual criminal code offence with relation to paying for American satellite in Canada.



Spike
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join:2008-05-16
Toronto, ON

said by scorpido:

So anyone want to provide an answer to the op question. Is it illegal to subscribe to and pay for Direct TV or Dishnetwork in Canada. Who cares about if it takes money away from Bell or some other cable provider. The OP is looking for an actual criminal code offence with relation to paying for American satellite in Canada.

Its illegal, but I doubt anyone is going to come looking for your DirecTV dish anytime soon. It was moreso the grey market reseller business here in Canada that got nailed.

At one point you could call somebody up and have DirecTV or Dish installed for you, and the US address, billing, etc all taken care of for you.

OHSrob

join:2011-06-08
reply to scorpido

said by scorpido:

So anyone want to provide an answer to the op question. Is it illegal to subscribe to and pay for Direct TV or Dishnetwork in Canada. Who cares about if it takes money away from Bell or some other cable provider. The OP is looking for an actual criminal code offence with relation to paying for American satellite in Canada.

You cannot subscribe to an American television service with a Canadian address and or credit card.

scorpido
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There are a million ways to still subscribe. If you have family in the states or just buy a post office box.


bt

join:2009-02-26
canada
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reply to scorpido

said by scorpido:

Is it illegal to subscribe to and pay for Direct TV or Dishnetwork in Canada.

Yes, it is illegal.

The Radiocommunication Act Section 9(1)(c): "No person shall…decode an encrypted subscription programming signal or encrypted network feed otherwise than under and in accordance with an authorization from the lawful distributor of the signal or feed"

The Supreme Court determined (in 2002, this isn't recent) that US Satellite TV providers are not "lawful distributors" in Canada under the act, therefore there is no one who can actually authorize you to decode a US sourced satellite signal in Canada.

OHSrob

join:2011-06-08
reply to scorpido

said by scorpido:

There are a million ways to still subscribe. If you have family in the states or just buy a post office box.

Illegally leaching off a family members account is illegal.

If your not an American living in america you cannot legaly have american tv service.

bt

join:2009-02-26
canada
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said by OHSrob:

If your not an American living in america you cannot legaly have american tv service.

Pretty sure you can be any nationality, as long as you're living there...


El Quintron
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reply to OHSrob

said by OHSrob:

Illegally leaching off a family members account is illegal.

Leaching is probably a violation of their ToS but not illegal per Se, there are also technical obstacles to getting service from Canada.

said by OHSrob:

If your not an American living in America you cannot legally have American tv service.

All broadcasts in Canada have to be approved/mandated by the CRTC, so the obstacle here is Canadian law, irrespective of your citizenship status.
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rob23234

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reply to bt

agreed, I am Canadian and spend 2 months a year in the U.S.

I signed up no problem (had to pay a deposit sans-ssn), and even used autopay with my Canadian CC ..(called RBC and added my US address as a secondary long ago)


peterboro
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Peterborough, ON
reply to OHSrob

said by OHSrob:

said by scorpido:

There are a million ways to still subscribe. If you have family in the states or just buy a post office box.

Illegally leaching off a family members account is illegal.

If your not an American living in america you cannot legaly have american tv service.

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FiReSTaRT
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The topic was pretty well covered, but one argument wasn't addressed - "if you pay for it, it can't be illegal." What about crystal meth? You have to pay for that too, but the forces of law and order might have some issues with you having any amount on your person
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johnkim

join:2011-10-01

said by FiReSTaRT:

The topic was pretty well covered, but one argument wasn't addressed - "if you pay for it, it can't be illegal." What about crystal meth? You have to pay for that too, but the forces of law and order might have some issues with you having any amount on your person

I don't want to get into the debate of the drug policy but ask any normal person that you can go to jail if you subscribe to Dish/DTV (nasdaq symbol of directv), they will think it is insane.

Law should make sense and comply with what the society believes to be the acceptable behaviour.


DKS
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said by johnkim:

Law should make sense and comply with what the society believes to be the acceptable behaviour.

If nothing else, this thread tells you why things are the way they are. It is considered acceptable in Canada, mostly for copyright and licensing reasons, to not allow free access to American satellite signals. You can believe differently, but what you have is the way it is, for good and legitimate reasons.
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Ian
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said by DKS:

It is considered acceptable in Canada, mostly for copyright and licensing reasons, to not allow free access to American satellite signals. You can believe differently, but what you have is the way it is, for good and legitimate reasons.

Acceptable to who? And legitimate to who?

I don't consider (morally or ethically) that it is a crime to "infringe on someones business model".

I see picking up a US satellite TV signal to be no different to when I was a kid and watching the Buffalo stations via a tall antennae. As far as I'm concerned, get a US post office box, US credit card, pay for it, and watch it with a crystal clear conscience. Might you get fined? Sure. You might also win the lottery.
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DKS
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said by Ian:

said by DKS:

It is considered acceptable in Canada, mostly for copyright and licensing reasons, to not allow free access to American satellite signals. You can believe differently, but what you have is the way it is, for good and legitimate reasons.

Acceptable to who? And legitimate to who?

I don't consider (morally or ethically) that it is a crime to "infringe on someones business model".

I see picking up a US satellite TV signal to be no different to when I was a kid and watching the Buffalo stations via a tall antennae. As far as I'm concerned, get a US post office box, US credit card, pay for it, and watch it with a crystal clear conscience. Might you get fined? Sure. You might also win the lottery.

When you are bypassing the rights of the broadcasters, who paid very good money for the right to distribute a program in Canada, it's theft. That's a crime. Rationalize it any way you want, but in law, it's still theft. Don't like it? Change the law. But so far, the rights of the distributor are pretty clear. And the right to block is also grounded in law, unless you pay the distributor. That's their business model and how they make money.
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