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Quebec court rules anti-satellite-theft provisions unconstitutional

News | 10/29/2004 4:00 am EDT

A Quebec court has ruled key restrictions in the Radiocommunication Act against decoding satellite signals and the sale or possesion of circumvention devices unconstitutional, though it has suspended that declaration for one year. Justice Danielle Côté, in a 100-page decision handed down from the Court of Quebec on October 28, struck down sections 9(1)c and 10(1)b of the act, saying the one-year suspension of his ruling will give Parliament time to complete its examination of the delivery of ethnic programming.

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