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‘Creative Canada’ – More Musings By Stephen Zolf Sep 29, 2017 Yesterday’s posts (here and here) outlined Netflix’s agreement with the government to invest a minimum of $500 million in original productions in Canada over the next five years. Under the agreement, Netflix “will also work to promote Canadian films and programs on its platform ...

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The Launch of ‘Creative Canada’: Some Brief Thoughts Following the Minister’s Speech By Stephen Zolf Sep 28, 2017 Following our earlier post, Minister Joly delivered her ‘Creative Canada’ speech at a noon-hour speech today. The speech included several noteworthy statements: “We pay some of the highest [Internet access] rates in the world. Our government won’t increase the cost of...

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Canada’s Cultural Funding Regime Receives Overhaul By Stephen Zolf Sep 28, 2017 The Canadian Minister of Heritage will officially launch 'Creative Canada' later today, which is the first major overhaul of Canada’s cultural funding regime in more than a quarter-century. A useful “10 key takeaway” points can be found here. The highest-profile measure (and sur...

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Sesquipedalianism and an Expatiation Upon Its Antithetical Impact on Interpersonal Communications: Big Words and Why They're Bad By Donald B. Johnston Feb 03, 2017 Clear writing is hard to find. Legal contracts are the worst culprits.I am always disappointed when I find unclear legal writing. The reason is this: we lawyers generally recognize that we are no longer in the business of mystifying. (We once were. That's why we wear the sacerdotal-ish looking ou...

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The Future of the Internet: Less "Walking Dead" and More "House of Cards"? The FCC and CRTC Consider Implications of Data Caps and Differential Pricing By Ron W. Clark Sep 22, 2016 Usage-based pricing plans provide consumers with a fixed amount of monthly data for a set price. Once you reach your data cap for the month, access to data either becomes restricted or extra fees are levied. This system provides a great deal of income for ISPs, particularly from online streaming ...

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2 Costly Mistakes to Avoid if Your Customers Sign Waivers By Aaron Baer Sep 12, 2016 What do a multi-million dollar corporation, a large community-based organization and a publicly-traded company have in common? They're all making costly mistakes when it comes to the use of waivers. Hopefully your company isn't making the same mistakes...Lesson 1: Make sure your customer-facing e...

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The CRTC Wades into Quebec's Internet Blocking Legislation - Does A Constitutional Collision Loom? By Stephen Zolf Sep 07, 2016 In May 2016, the Quebec National Assembly enacted section 12 of An Act respecting mainly the implementation of certain provisions of the Budget Speech of 26 March 2015, L.Q. 2016, c. 7 (Bill 74) Among other provisions, section 12 of Bill 74 effectively gives Lotto-Québec the power to order Intern...

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Complimentary Webinar - Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) - Updates Since September 2015 Aug 08, 2016 Join us for a complimentary webinar on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 9 - 10 a.m. regarding updates to Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) since September 2015.  Topics to be covered include: Understanding the approach of Canada's CASL regulators The latest in CASL investigations How the re...

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Are You Compliant with Canada's Anti-Spam Law? Expect the Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuits to Start Next Year By Aaron Baer Jul 22, 2016 Individuals and organizations will soon be able to pursue a private right of action under Canada's Anti-Spam Law ("CASL"), and you can be sure class action lawyers are salivating at the prospects.Currently, CASL is enforced by three federal agencies: (i) the Canadian Radio-television and Telecomm...

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Let's Talk TV: CRTC Revises Policy Framework for Local and Community Television By Stephen Zolf Jun 29, 2016 The CRTC has issued a revised policy framework for local and community television, following a lengthy written proceeding and oral public hearing beginning in mid-2015, which The Spotlight covered here.The revised policy framework follows earlier rulings made in the Let's Talk TV proceeding with ...

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WhatsApp Me, Maybe? By Ron W. Clark May 17, 2016 WhatsApp Messenger is a popular instant messaging app that allows users to send text messages, pictures, voice notes and videos (among other things) over an Internet connection using cellphones and now, PCs. As of February 2016, the Facebook-owned app is used by one billion people around the worl...

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Everything is Local: the CRTC takes another look at the business model for local and community TV By Stephen Zolf Apr 11, 2016 The CRTC is in the midst of an ongoing review of the local and community television policy framework (http://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2015/2015-421.htm). Among the issues in its call for comments is to assess the availability of local programming throughout the broadcasting system and "the manner i...

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Has the CRTC Opened the Door to Consolidation Among Canadian Independent Producers? By Stephen Zolf Dec 18, 2015 In one of the CRTC's Let's Talk TV policy rulings, the CRTC determined to take a "big picture" view of the infrastructure of government support and private investment in the Canadian broadcasting sector. The CRTC noted that this infrastructure has generated significant funding opportunities for C...

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Recent Developments in Canadian Online Television Content By Stephen Zolf Dec 10, 2015 On the "deja vu all over again" front, recent developments relating to online television content in Canada have stirred up memories of the good old days of "grey market" and "black market" satellite dishes. It was only a decade ago or so that Canadian broadcasters had to address the consumer back...

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement: impact on the CMS sectors By Stephen Zolf Dec 07, 2015 The Government of Canada announced on October 5, 2015, that it successfully concluded negotiations on a free trade agreement among the twelve members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).While much of the focus of the TPP Agreement has been on the issue of preferential access to Asia-Pacific ma...
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