Post Tagged with: "Cultural Policy"

Complaint Filed With FTC Over Copyright Notices

The Computer and Communications Industry Association, which includes Google, Microsoft, and other major tech companies, has filed a complaint in the U.S. with the Federal Trade Commission over the copyright notices used by sports leagues (the NFL and MLB are named), broadcasters, movie studios, and publishers.  The gist of the […]

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August 1, 2007 3 comments News

Canadian Cultural Policy Must Adapt to an Internet World

My weekly Law Bytes column (Ottawa Citizen version, homepage version) focuses on the need to adapt Canadian cultural policy to an Internet world.  Given our easy access to Hollywood movies and U.S. television programming, it is unsurprising that Canadians have long placed great emphasis on cultural policies. To avoid marginalizing homegrown talent, Canada has set Canadian content as a key objective in the Broadcasting Act, established foreign ownership restrictions within the cultural industries, and safeguarded cultural policies in its international trade agreements.  

As a result, Canadian television and radio broadcasters must be Canadian-owned and comply with Canadian content requirements, while funding programs at the federal and provincial level help the Canadian cultural sector compete on the global stage. These policies have enjoyed a measure of success – Canadian musicians and children's television programming are particularly noteworthy in this regard – however the emergence of the Internet and new media is rendering many current policies increasingly irrelevant.

I argue that two pillars of Canadian cultural policy need to be reconsidered.  

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July 3, 2007 1 comment Columns

Canadian Cultural Policy Must Adapt to the Internet World

Appeared in the Toronto Star on July 2, 2007 as Our Cultural Policy is Offline for Internet Given our easy access to Hollywood movies and U.S. television programming, it is unsurprising that Canadians have long placed great emphasis on cultural policies. To avoid marginalizing homegrown talent, Canada has set Canadian […]

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July 2, 2007 1 comment Columns Archive

The CBC as a Role Model

I’ve been critical of the CBC over the past few months, emphasizing the need for Canada’s public broadcaster to do more to embrace the potential of new technologies and the Internet.  To that end, there are signs that the CBC is moving in the right direction.  In addition to a […]

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February 8, 2006 3 comments News

Satellite Radio Crashes

Reports this morning indicate that the federal government is planning to overturn the CRTC' s satellite radio decision.  Canadian Heritage Minister Liza Frulla, with the frankness that has made her a cabinet liability, is quoted in the Globe as saying that "our mind is pretty much made up, but right […]

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August 27, 2005 7 comments News