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Disagreement evident as committee hears various stances on Internet retransmission

News | 06/07/2002 4:00 am EDT

JumpTV.com Canada Inc., in its bid to retransmit over-the-air television signals via the Internet, has told the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage that if compulsory Internet retransmission is permitted, it will abide by the same conditions as cable and satellite TV operators (CCR, Mar. 28/02). Jump’s promise came during a contentious committee hearing on June 4. That same day, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) and the Canadian Cable Television Association (CCTA) agreed to new language for an amendment proposed by the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association (CMPDA) to the Copyright Act that would create a permanent Internet "carve-out" and prohibit what JumpTV is proposing.

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