Will Canada Regulate Streaming?

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Yesterday the Toronto Star published this interesting opinion on the future of internet content within Canada. I’ve clipped a few juicy tidbits. The first two are hysterical…

Michael Geist holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. He can reached at mgeist@uottawa.ca or online at www.michaelgeist.ca. 

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Friends of Canadian Broadcasting…If the commission is unable or unwilling to regulate their content, it should be charged with ensuring that a percentage of the revenue they generate from the distribution of these services is circulated into the system.

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According to the CAB, a core goal of Canadian broadcast policy has been the reliance on cheap and profitable U.S. content in order to subsidize the creation of unprofitable Canadian content.

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If Canadian broadcasters are unable to rely on cheap U.S. programming, they will be forced to compete by investing in their own original content. This will dramatically alter Canadian content production from one mandated by government regulation to one mandated by market survival.

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It is increasingly clear that the blossoming of new media is a threat to old business models, not to Canadian content.

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