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Parliament should resist temptation to outlaw Internet retransmissions

News | 05/03/2001 4:00 am EDT

JumpTV is at the centre of a copyright battle that could change how broadcast signals are distributed in Canada, and which companies are allowed to retransmit them. In a recent letter to senior bureaucrats at Canadian Heritage’s Copyright Policy Branch and Industry Canada’s intellectual property branch, JumpTV’s lawyer, Sunny Handa, suggests it’s foolhardy to prohibit Internet companies from carrying local TV signals when, in the future, the Internet will become the main conduit for carrying all digital content. The following is an edited excerpt from his letter.

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