said by Rastan:
Then I say, in that case, using a copyrighted avatar in a public forum should also be considered copyright infringement since you are "making it available" to the public.
I know what you're saying. Tell it to the Prime Minister. He wrote the law not me. Downloading isn't the issue. It's DISTRIBUTION. Personal use is an INTENT issue. If somebody downloads content that is publicly accessible and uses it for a purpose OTHER than personal use only then and only then is it ILLEGAL in Canada.
My Avatar is attached to my PERSONAL account for my PRIVATE use only. Any 3rd party use of my Avatar has not been sanctioned by me therefore it would be deemed outside the scope of my Intended Personal Use.
Downloading a copyrighted CD or DVD for personal use only is perfectly legal in Canada as long as you make no more than 1 copy for backup and distribute it, in whole or in part, to no one period. TORRENTS do not work that way. Your INTENT may be legal but IMHO the process to aquire that content, by it's very nature, contravenes Canadian law. It's splitting hairs but that's the way it is.
Good nite folks..............