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Door open to Internet retransmitters in section 31 legislation tabled Dec. 12

News | 12/13/2001 5:00 am EST

New legislation amending Canada’s retransmission laws tabled on December 12 has opened the door for JumpTV.com Canada Inc. and other Internet companies to become licensed counterparts to satellite TV and cable operators. The legislation, Bill C-48, entrenches the right of cable and satellite companies to re-transmit over-the-air signals without seeking the authorization of broadcasters or content producers. The law will also give Cabinet the right to create regulations outlining the conditions others must meet to take advantage of that same compulsory protection, including Internet firms.

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