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Broadcasters welcome government consultation on copyright reform

News | 07/04/2001 4:00 am EDT

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) was quick to applaud the government’s latest retransmission consultation as a step in the right direction to dealing with companies such as JumpTV.com Canada Inc and iCraveTV.com Inc, though it won’t make specific comment on Ottawa’s proposed options at this time. In a joint consultation paper released by the departments of Canadian Heritage and Industry Canada late last month, the federal government hasn’t ruled out the status quo with respect to Section 31 of the Copyright Act – a loophole being exploited by companies that want to retransmit over-the-air programming via the Internet.

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