Mar 31, 2023
By Angus Gillespie
A Liberal government bill that would require online streaming services to contribute to Canadian content is one step closer to passing after the House of Commons approved most of the Senate’s amendments to the proposed legislation.
If passed, Bill C-11 would update broadcasting rules to include online streaming and require tech giants such as Google, YouTube, Netflix and Spotify to make Canadian content available to users in Canada — or face steep penalties.
The House has agreed to adopt Senate amendments that reinforce the promotion of Indigenous languages and Black content creators, and seek to ensure that funds collected from tech giants go toward promoting diversity, equity and inclusion.
The Opposition Conservatives have fought heavily against its passage… calling it a “censorship” law because they argue it is designed to interfere with the algorithms that affect the content people see.
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