CRTC Rejects FairPlay Canada Site-Blocking Proposal

October 10, 2018

The CRTC rejected FairPlay Canada coalition’s application requesting that the Commission institute a web-blocking regime to combat content piracy and illegal downloading. The CRTC stated that it does not have jurisdiction over the Telecommunications Act and that “other avenues are more suitable to address this issue, which include the ongoing parliamentary review of the Copyright Act, as well as the expert panel review of the Telecommunications Act and the Broadcasting Act.”  According to the coalition, which included Bell, CBC, eOne and the CMPA and 21 other organizations, piracy will cost streaming giants over $50 million by 2022. See the PlaybackCartt and The Wire Report articles for more information.

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