Episode 9: The CRTC Watcher - A Conversation with FRPCs Monica Auer

April 30, 2019

Many Canadians follow telecommunications and broadcast issues at the CRTC from a distance – the cost of wireless services, the speed of their Internet access, the availability of broadcasting choice.  Others engage more closely on issues such as net neutrality, Cancon regulation, or Netflix taxes.  But there is one Canadian who doesn’t just follow the CRTC.  She watches it through the use of access to information laws that present a perspective on the CRTC that would otherwise remain hidden from...

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Episode 8: LawBytes Lecture - What the Canadian Experience Teaches About the Future of Copyright Reform

April 22, 2019

In late March of this year, I travelled to Canberra, Australia to deliver a keynote address at the Australian Digital Alliance’s 2019 Copyright Forum. The ADA is a leading voice on copyright issues in Australia and its annual Copyright Forum brings together government, creators, education, libraries, and the broader public to explore copyright issues. This week’s Law Bytes lecture podcast features a recording of my address, which...

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Episode 7: What if Copyright Law took Authors Rights Seriously? A Conversation with Professor Rebecca Giblin

April 15, 2019

What if copyright law took authors rights seriously?  Many groups claim to do so, but Professor Rebecca Giblin, one of the world’s leading experts on creator copyright, isn’t convinced. Professor Giblin argues that creators are often placed at the centre of the debate only to be largely ignored by other stakeholders. Professor Giblin joins this week’s podcast to talk about her Author's Interest Project, the latest dat...

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Episode 6: “A Dangerous Game to Play:” A Former CRTC Vice-Chair Speaks Out on the Commission Plan to Regulate and Tax the Internet

April 08, 2019

For the better part of two decades, Canadian cultural groups have been pressing Canada’s telecom and broadcast regulator, the CRTC, to regulate and tax the Internet. The CRTC and successive governments consistently rejected the Internet regulation drumbeat, citing obvious differences with broadcast, competing public policy objectives such as affordable access, and the benefits of competition. That changed last year when the CRTC released “Harnessing Change: The Future of Programming Distribution...

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Episode 5: A Huge Threat to How the Internet Functions Now

April 01, 2019

Most treaties are negotiated behind closed doors with no text made available until after a deal has been reached. Yet there is a treaty with enormous implications for the Internet, copyright, and broadcasting that has been hidden in plain sight for the better part of two decades. Jamie Love of Knowledge Ecology International joins the podcast to talk about the draft Broadcasting Treaty currently being negotiated at the W...

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