Private broadcasters peg survival on blending of old and new media

Canadian broadcasters say they're prepared to migrate to digital content and transmissions, but say they need the federal government to help facilitate their access to foreign markets and offer better copyright protection for their content. The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) has detailed its strategic plan for the digital age in a new report entitled, Future Plan.

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U.S. concerned about lax Canadian piracy laws

The United States Trade Office (USTR) has released its annual report identifying barriers to foreign trade, and despite its status as America's largest trading partner, Canada still ranks poorly when it comes to culture and other protected industry sectors.

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Cable industry launches campaign to bolster federal support for new media

The Canadian cable industry is taking advantage of a digital policy vacuum in the federal government to lobby for a radical change in Ottawa's communications framework, one that stimulates development of digital content and lightens the regulatory load for cable operators.

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New media companies look for more government involvement, survey finds

The emergence of online marketing and distribution is one of the more dramatic changes the multimedia industry has experienced over the past fours years, according to a recently released report by AC Nielsen DJC Research. The study, Profile of the Multimedia Industry, goes on to say that despite the existence of several government programs to help fuel the growth of the industry, digital media executives believe the government isn't playing an active enough role within the emerging sector.

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Internet advertising to fall under Elections Canada rules; new law expected by May

A bill to be passed in Parliament shortly will usher Canada's federal election laws into cyberspace while regulators south of the border still struggle with the changes technology has wrought. The new rules will result in Internet service providers being subject to the same guidelines for election advertising as broadcasters and print media.

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