Saturday, March 26, 2011

SCOC to decide whether Internet providers are broadcasters

The Supreme Court of Canada will decide whether Internet service providers are broadcasters when they distribute media content and video material online. Hearings are expected to begin in 2012, although the court did not stipulate a date in its announcement of upcoming judgments to be rendered. As more and more consumption of TV programming and feature length films takes place through the Internet and via portable media devices, the question of whether ISPs or mobile providers should be seen as conventional broadcasters in terms of their legal and copyright obligations. Should the court decide that they are broadcasting, ISPs will become subject to regulation by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) under the Broadcasting Act of 1991.

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