CRTC must hold public hearings for interim exemption orders in Online News Act

The House of Commons Heritage committee passed an amendment to the Government’s Online News Act Tuesday that would limit the CRTC’s ability to grant interim exemption orders to digital news intermediaries (DNIs) to a single year, as well as requiring the regulator to hold public hearings into the exemption orders. 

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Senate votes against including financial, subscriber, thresholds in scope of Bill C-11

The Senate committee currently engaged in a clause-by-clause review of the Online Streaming Act, Bill C-11, opted not to include a financial or subscriber threshold in the act, Bill C-11, which many critics of the bill suggested in order to ease concerns that smaller players and individual content creators would be scoped into the bill.

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Consultation will be held for exemption under Bill C-18, committee votes down amendment to force negotiation with all outlets

The committee studying the Online News Act unanimously voted to include a clause in Bill C-18 that would ensure that the CRTC can hold public consultations regarding exemptions from mandatory bargaining and other regulations under the bill, for digital news intermediaries (such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google) and that an exemption order can only be in effect for a period of not more than maximum five years with the possibility of renewal.

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