Will Canadian Cultural Policy Survive in the Age of the Internet?

Professor Geist’s weekly Toronto Star Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, HTML backup article, homepage version) examines several recent Canadian legal developments including CRTC hearings on satellite radio and VoIP, a Quebec court decision on satellite television, and copyright reform, arguing that the common thread through the cases how to adapt decades-old Canadian policies to new technological environments. The column argues that although the goals of promoting Canadian cultural products and services may remain unchanged, Canada must now consider whether the tools designed to achieve those goals  many of which were created in a far different technological environment  remain appropriate.

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