[MLJ Shorts] Digital Media Wild West: Regulating Canadian Content

Posted on Wed, 5 Jul 2023

Bill C-11, commonly known as the Online Streaming Act, has been riddled with controversy from its introduction in June of last year, through to its adoption as law in April 2023. Canada’s first major reform of the Broadcasting Act since 1991, the Act aims to promote Canadian content on online streaming services, in part by extending the regulatory powers of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). In this episode, we hear from Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, on why the Act falls flat, and how it misunderstands the nature of on-demand streaming services.

This conversation was recorded in January 2023, while Bill C-11 was in its third reading before the Senate.

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