READ MORE On Monday, Canada’s Copyright Board issued a ruling that said while movies can be purchased with a subscription that doesn’t mean you need to be a member to download them.
The decision, which was handed down to the Copyright Board in response to a lawsuit by Canadian artist and film producer Scott Sisney, came in response for a complaint filed by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).
In the complaint, Sisner said he was charged $3.95 per month for movies he purchased from his online store, but his subscription was free.
CFIB argued that the fees amounted to unfair competition and an attempt to monopolize the online marketplace.
A spokesperson for the Copyright Commission said they have yet to make any decisions on the case and will review the ruling.
The Copyright Board ruling said it doesn’t matter if a movie has a subscription or not, if it has no price, that the price is based on the number of people who downloaded it, and that it is also the amount of money that the person who downloaded the movie pays to the copyright holder.
“While we have no power to compel an individual to pay the cost of a movie purchase, we may be able to impose conditions that prevent such behavior in the future,” the ruling reads.
“These may include requiring payment by credit card, debit card, or other payment methods that are not accessible to the general public.”
The ruling came in the wake of the release of the final version of Apple’s latest iPhone and iPad operating systems, which came out in September.
Apple has been under fire for its handling of the iPad, which is currently the most popular smartphone in the U.S. and Canada.
The company has promised to keep the price of its operating system down as it seeks to win back customers from Apple’s competitors.