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Canada’s heritage minister says he’s open to reviewing substantial amendments to a bill to regulate online streaming, after a committee asked industry experts to disagree on whether the proposed legislation covers user-generated content. Will he do it or not?

Pablo Rodriguez said, “I was born with an open mind, so of course, I have an open mind on this one.”

“I can’t say at the moment, yes I agree or disagree…an amendment I’ve never read…on general principle, we’re open.”

His comments on legislation aimed at modernizing the Broadcasting Act came ahead of a hearing of the Standing Committee on Transport and Communications held in Ottawa on Monday.

Bill C-11 aims to require online streaming giants such as YouTube and TikTok to contribute to the creation and availability of Canadian content such as music, film and television.

However, the bill has raised a lot of concerns. Tech giants have countered it, arguing the bill would harm the livelihoods of users who make money from streaming platforms and could force companies to reconsider the algorithms used in Canada.

Several senators also have the qualification. Sen. Michael McDonald reported Monday that the standing committee heard from experts concerned that creators would be regulated through the bill.

Sen. Pamela Wallin said the commissioner of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission had previously appeared before the committee with legal counsel to confirm that the bill would give her agency authority over user-generated content.

“The argument they made was, ‘It would be in nobody’s best interest to do so, so just trust us, we will not regulate user-generated content,’ but again, twice they confirmed they had the authority to do so. is the real regulatory authority for,” he said.

Wallin said she’s even heard from one creator who finds the law so confusing and vague that she would move to the US to avoid it.

Shea and McDonald questioned Rodriguez whether he would take steps to modify the bill to address such concerns, but did not make any commitments as he said the legislation would not cover user-generated content.

“The bill is quite simple. It’s about the platform, it’s not about the users.

“There is no liability to the creator. The liability lies only with the stage, not the producer.

They argued that the bill seeks to protect Canadian culture, provide Canadians with more choice, meet the needs of minority-language communities and bring regulation of the industry into the 21st century.

The last time the act was modernized, he pointed out, people were listening to music on Walkmans, renting movies on Blockbuster and the internet barely existing.

Now, we have streaming platforms like Netflix, you can watch television on your phone and the content is edited and filmed on the phone, he continued.

“The Act no longer reflects reality. You have huge players with no rules they have to follow and huge challenges around culture and production and things affecting our creators and Canadian content,” They said.

“That’s why it’s important today that we are able to quickly adopt this bill.”

The bill remained before the Senate for six months and faced a 42-hour hearing before the Standing Committee.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 22, 2022.

Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press

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