Google to Canada: Keep the Internet free!

Spokesman urges MPs not to impose content rules online


Speaking to a group of MPs, Google’s Canadian point man urged Ottawa not to “turn back the clock.” Jacob Glick appeared in front of the Canadian Heritage committee on Tuesday to urge lawmakers not to impose Canada’s notoriously stringent content rules online. Content rules already regulate what programs fill prime time TV slots, and what songs are played on Canadian radio. But Glick warned that applying similar rules to the Internet would reduce industry competitiveness and limit financial opportunities for up-and-coming Canadian artists. The heritage ministry is in the process of studying the impact of “new media” on Canadian culture. On Tuesday, Glick faced the most opposition from Quebec MPs—including Bloc Quebecois MP Carole Lavallee who worries about the low-brow work typically featured on sites like YouTube.

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Google to Canada: Keep the Internet free!

  1. I have no idea what makes Lavallee think that it's her business even to consider dictating what people read or watch, but whatever it is it seems to permeate the halls of government. These people need to get over themselves.

  2. But I need the government to ensure that I only watch videos of Canadian cats doing cute things!

  3. CanCon requirements on the internet might actually be a good thing. It's aggravating enough being blocked from Hulu.com because you're Canadian, how about when 3/4 or more of YouTube is inaccessible? Perhaps Canadians will finally say enough is enough and get rid of ALL CanCon requirements?

  4. I never said "low-brow". As Bloc Québécois Heritage critic, I only try to explain the difference between culture (by professionnal artists) and leisure (by people exposing themselves on utube). My point was that artists must be paid for their work. Thank you. __Carole Lavallée__MP Saint-Bruno–Saint-Hubert

  5. I don't really think artists lose money on youtube. If anything, they gain more exposure.

    • Possibly not, although it's arguable. Bittorrent is killing the music industry, though, and all the cutesy "adjust to the times" arguments aren't going to save it.

      • Bittorrent may be contributing to the death the recording industry, but the music industry is just fine. New artists have a unprecedented opportunity to reach their customers directly. Online digital singles sales continue to climb. Touring revenue remains steady; even through the recession.

        And, frankly, the recording industry did it to themselves. Starting with Napster every move they've made for the last ten years has been wrong, and only served to kill consumer goodwill.

        And they still haven't learned. Right now they're doing everything they can to ram Internet limiting legislation down the throats of voters. They've written legislation in the UK that they've done their best to have implemented without public review. Their lobbyists are the primary reason for the negotiation of the ACTA treaty, a treaty negotiated in secret, devoid of public inquiry / review. The only reason we know about it is because of government officials leaking documents.

  6. mr oliver my suggestion is you post it yourself and be a youtube partner. use technology to your advantage and monetize your own work. and i suggest to google to have some sort of verification system where authors can CLAIM their work after "referral" videos of it gets viral. is this close to what you have in mind by compensation? what is it that you're proposing?

    and Canada, please don't follow australia. im not canadian but i would feel really sorry for them if you do such a horrendous thing.

  7. The current model content producers are relying on is broken. Its outdated. The solution isn't to shut down sites like YouTube and GoogleBooks. The solution is to work with the technology and use it to promote yourself. You can't beat them; they're way too big. But you can join them, and you can make money. Plenty of artists have found that if they make their stuff available, and provide people a reasonable way of paying the content producer, people will buy your stuff.

    Trying to control the Internet, and negotiating secret copyright treaties is not the way to do it.

    • Actually, artists are finding they can get somewhat more exposure but a lot less $ for that level of exposure.

      • That's a lot more money than the zero they would have received without the Internet. Sharing like this allows artists to sidestep the major labels / producers and go direct to the consumer. This is going to give consumers a greater pool of artists which means that the big guys will get less, but the small guys now have a chance.

  8. Next time don't get them to take it down. Tell them you want the ISP info of the person who uploaded it, then threaten to sue the provider to get their identity issue.

  9. If I recall from earlier discussions about the issue, they're talking about online content from Canadian businesses which already provide commercial product, right? This is going to affect cable stations, not people who post videos of their cat.

  10. That is actually worrying that the general public would allow strict rules on something that we already pay for – an Internet connection fee. I also believe shutting down opportunities for a country can possibly make a whole nation fall behind on the latest news and resources. I see advertisements in Australia seeking support to keep sport free on TV also.
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