Archive for April, 2007

Internet Video, Internet Regulation, and Canadian Content

My weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) focuses on the growing push from the Canadian broadcasting community to revisit the CRTC's 1999 New Media decision, in which Canada's broadcasting regulator took a hands-off approach to the Internet.  The support for greater regulation is often couched in Canadian content terms, but I argue that the current changes have the potential to dramatically alter Canadian content production from one mandated by government regulation to one mandated by market survival.

The issue began to percolate last June, when Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda asked the CRTC to conduct a six-month consultation on the effects of changing technology on the radio and television industries.  The CRTC report, which was quietly released in mid-December, went almost unnoticed, yet submissions from broadcasters, copyright collectives, and labour unions all point to an increased regulatory role for the CRTC.

The underlying theme of many stakeholder submissions is that unregulated new media represents a threat to the current regulated Canadian content model. 

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April 2, 2007 7 comments Columns

Broadcasting Community Surprisingly Calls For Internet Regulation

Appeared in the Toronto Star on April 2, 2007 as More Web Regulation Doesn't Make Any Sense The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has faced seemingly continuous criticism for years, however in May 1999 it released a decision that generated near-universal praise.  The New Media decision, which adopted a hands-off […]

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April 2, 2007 1 comment Columns Archive

NY Times on C-47

The New York Times covers Bill C-47, including comments from Liberal MP Scott Brison, who says that he will work to amend the bill's protection of generic words.

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April 2, 2007 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Lawful Access Second Reading in Late 2008

CBC Online features an interview with Marlene Jennings, the Liberal MP who has brought lawful access back to the legislative agenda. Jennings says that if the Conservatives do not adopt the bill as their own, the bill would come up for second reading late in 2008.

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April 1, 2007 1 comment Must Reads


Following speculation earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that EMI will announce tomorrow that it plans to sell much of its music without DRM.

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April 1, 2007 3 comments Must Reads