An open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Dear Prime Minister,
We are Canadian broadcasting, telecommunications, and entertainment lawyers, with decades of experience advising clients on the rules and regulations that govern the Canadian broadcasting system.
We feel compelled to write this open letter in an effort to dispel certain misleading statements that are being disseminated relating to Bill C-10, specifically how it could impact the way in which Canadians use the Internet.
The Broadcasting Act (the “Act”) was last updated three decades ago at a time when smartphones and Internet-based media streaming services like Netflix or media sharing platforms like YouTube didn’t…
USING GOOGLE’S OFFICIAL CANADA blog, Jeanette Patell, head of public policy for YouTube Canada, posted a statement today about Bill C-10, the bill which would modernize the Broadcasting Act, in... Continue Reading
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Government must look before it leaps with C-10
By Monica Auer
THE DECISION BY THE Minister of Canadian Heritage several weeks ago to drop explicit protection for user-generated content uploaded to social media sites from Bill C-10 led to more attention being focussed on the new Broadcasting Act it would create.
In plain language, the Minister’s change means that while users themselves would not be subject to that Act, it would govern social media services “whose broadcasting consists only of” user-uploaded content. Even if the CRTC is unlikely to demand content posted by millions of Canadians on Facebook or YouTube meet its…
By Doug Barrett
NETFLIX’S RECENT ANNOUNCEMENT that it would establish its Canadian headquarters in Toronto produced considerable excitement – at least in Toronto.
In February, under the heading “making a New Home in Canada”, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos wrote a blog post announcing: “We want to make a new home for Netflix in Canada – opening an office and hiring a dedicated content executive to work directly with the Canadian creative community.”
Then in late April, the company announced Toronto had been selected as “Netflix’s 22nd international outpost” and Sarandos, in the press release, stated: “We’re looking forward to…
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OTTAWA – The federal government today announced an $49 million increase to the short-term compensation fund (STCF) for Canadian audiovisual productions which it set up in 2020 to help producers,... Continue Reading