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Canada ISPs Not Subject To Content Rules, Court Says

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the for-once-a-good-call dept.

Canada 84

silentbrad writes "Upholding a 2010 decision from the Federal Court of Appeal, the country's highest court said ISPs cannot be subject to the Broadcasting Act of 1991 because they have no control over the content they distribute. The ruling ends a years-old dispute over whether ISPs that deliver movies and television shows over their networks should be regulated as conventional broadcasters as well as telecommunications providers. A cultural coalition made up of several Canadian media industry groups — including the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA), the Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) and others — argued ISPs should be required to help pay for the production of made-in-Canada music, films and television. Conventional broadcasters, of which Bell and Rogers already qualify, have long been required to do so by law."

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Thanks Canada (5, Insightful)

gmanterry (1141623) | more than 2 years ago | (#39007983)

Good ruling. Thanks Canada.

Re:Thanks Canada (2)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 2 years ago | (#39008031)

Of course, this ruling is of no consequence should our absolutely despicable, elected-just-for-a-lark styrofoam-Conservative government feel the least bit gutsy. Le neutralite de reseau est mort; vive le neutralite de reseau.

Re:Thanks Canada (2)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 2 years ago | (#39008045)

(Substitute appropriate feminine articles and throw in accents as appropriate. Curses!)

Re:Thanks Canada (2)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 2 years ago | (#39008181)

Le neutralite de reseau est mort; vive le neutralite de reseau.

Let me translate for those non-French speaking readers:

"My buddy Mort refused to buy a beige sofa. He tried to smother his wife with a cushion, but those meddling EMT's revived her."

I'm still trying to figure out what that has to do with this story. Google translation can only take me so far, I guess.

Re:Thanks Canada (2)

chromas (1085949) | more than 2 years ago | (#39008361)

In other words:
  • "It's old man Mort!"
  • "And I would've gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for those meddling kids!"

Re:Thanks Canada (2)

thunderclap (972782) | more than 2 years ago | (#39010719)

Le neutralite de reseau est mort; vive le neutralite de reseau. Network Neutrality is dead; long live Network neutrality. (that is the french translation) is such a BS response. I Think it was an excellent ruling. They get similar safe harbor provisions. And relying solely on elected leaders is dangerous.

Re:Thanks Canada (1)

tqk (413719) | more than 2 years ago | (#39013849)

Network Neutrality is dead; long live Network neutrality. (that is the french translation)

Thanks, but that's actually the English translation, of course. :-)

I Think it was an excellent ruling.

Me too. Then again, Canadian law has often seemed capable of turning on a dime dependent only on which way the wind's blowing atm.

I'm glad my ISP's not going to be dinged for something they shouldn't be getting dinged for, not to mention all the "freedom for all of us" connotations. Michael Geist should be pleased.

"Outbreak of common sense reported. Film at 11:00, or 10:00 on CBC. In other news, Wendy Meslie *still* thinks Peter Mansbridge is a dork."

Re:Thanks Canada (1)

ILongForDarkness (1134931) | more than 2 years ago | (#39008353)

Oh come on. Shouldn't we get 10% Canadian content? I'd love to see Bell and Rogers/Shaw duopoly try to make 1 in 10 pages :-) What they would probably do instead is make 100 pages and than block enough to keep their content ratio. Still would be amusing the amount of crap that they could come up with if they try. Can't do that on Interwebs anyone?

Re:Thanks Canada (1)

DarwinSurvivor (1752106) | more than 2 years ago | (#39009055)

upsidedownternet meet canuckernet!

Re:Thanks Canada (1)

Capt. Fodder (681168) | more than 2 years ago | (#39012253)

Nah, they'd just make all of their page misses go to the Tim Horton's website - done and done!

Re:Thanks Canada (4, Insightful)

Mashiki (184564) | more than 2 years ago | (#39008565)

It is a good ruling. Because this whole thing, the ruling, the idea, the whole concept of 'protected content' exists to "protect" canadians from the "evil" american culture. You know, despite the fact that the majority of the population lives within 100 miles of the US. And can get FTA broadcasts. It's actually so bad here, that they simulcast stations, stripping out american channels and replace them with canadian ones. So you only see what the government(cancon) allows you to see.

For those that don't understand let's try this as an example, on channel 3(cdn) you have family guy. On channel 7(US) you have family guy. Now, they pull channel 7, and put channel 3 in it's place. So, now you have channel 3, on channel 7's place as well. Enjoy. Oh, did I mention that American satellite dishes are illegal in Canada? It's a $10k fine if you have one(theft of service). You can't get subscriptions legally here either. Though you can get around it, kind of by having a US address, it's a grey area still. There was actually a few cases a few years ago where the police were going around and seizing the equipment of people, dishes and all that.

Oh Canada, land of the free and all that right? Remember, what S.2 of our charter of rights and freedoms [justice.gc.ca] says:

Fundamental freedoms

2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
(a) freedom of conscience and religion;
(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
(c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
(d) freedom of association.

What does S.1 says?

1. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.

Yep, you read that right. Your fundamental rights are determined by what the government, courts, and special government bodies(like the CRTC) says they are. In other words, the charter is worth less than the paper it's written on.

Re:Thanks Canada (2, Interesting)

RandomAvatar (2487198) | more than 2 years ago | (#39008639)

Actually, having U.S. satellite dishes in Canada was made illegal (what was it? 10 years ago? I can't remember) because U.S. broadcasting corporations were accusing Canadians of stealing content. In order to comply with their complaints, and to make sure that U.S. corporations that sell these services in Canada follow Canadian law, they made it illegal.

I actually agree with this decision as it takes FOX news out of Canada for being a "news channel" but lying during the news.

Re:Thanks Canada (4, Interesting)

Mashiki (184564) | more than 2 years ago | (#39008707)

Cancon made it illegal, because they couldn't simulcast. No content control, means they restricted the sales.

You know it's funny, for all the hate that people have for Fox. If you look at their stats on things like Sirius, and media stats they're more popular than any other broadcaster in Canada. By the way, I was part of the group that got Fox News in Canada, and also got the time restriction removed from CTV|Newsnet. Because whatever you belief, broadcast whatever the hell you want. If you don't like it, turn the damn channel or dispute it based on facts.

Re:Thanks Canada (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39009011)

Fox in Canada? You did your countrymen an incredible dis-service. :/

Re:Thanks Canada (1)

tqk (413719) | more than 2 years ago | (#39014007)

Fox in Canada? You did your countrymen an incredible dis-service. :/

If we didn't have Fox in Canada, how the hell would we make any sense of the Daily Show?

"Newt Gingrich? Mitt Romney? Are those some kind of Middle-Eastern sandwiches, or what?"

Re:Thanks Canada (3, Informative)

RandomAvatar (2487198) | more than 2 years ago | (#39009545)

I do hope you have read the CRTC's statutes and Regulations acts before you did this. The thing that makes it illegal for FOX news to broadcast in Canada is the fact that it has been proven in court that they willfully lied on the news. This is illegal because it is illegal for news broadcasters to broadcast false or misleading news in Canada.

Re:Thanks Canada (3, Interesting)

tlhIngan (30335) | more than 2 years ago | (#39009857)

Actually, having U.S. satellite dishes in Canada was made illegal (what was it? 10 years ago? I can't remember) because U.S. broadcasting corporations were accusing Canadians of stealing content. In order to comply with their complaints, and to make sure that U.S. corporations that sell these services in Canada follow Canadian law, they made it illegal.

It wasn't US broadcast corps. Sure Dish and DirecTV were angry about people stealing content and thus made things like leased boxes (you must return the box), as well as various smartcard tricks that change the authentication and encryption systems. But those applied more to the US subscribers.

The reason why US satellite dishes are illegal in Canada is because Bell went to sue all the Canadian US dish providers. These companies were providing services that allowed Canadians to purchase US satellite dishes and receivers, and providing the necessary services to activate them legitimately. These grey-market dishes were what Bell was suing about - seeing all those subscribers that didn't want their service.

Once Bell obtained their injunction (happened around 2007-2008), Dish and DirecTV then began proceedings against these grey-market providers to discontinue service (yes, they wanted people who were paying for the service to not receive it anymore).. This happened in early 2009.

As for legality - it's questionable. Should someone be able to purchase a service from another country if there's a method to get that service? I mean, we moan and groan when some internet TV or radio station becomes "country only" and refuses to sell service outside that country. But if using a VPN service lets you get access to that service - should it be legal? It's the same for grey-market satellite TV, and also applied to other US-only services like TiVo, satellite radio (until Canada approved it), and still does to US Netflix, Hulu, etc.

Re:Thanks Canada (2, Insightful)

TFAFalcon (1839122) | more than 2 years ago | (#39010261)

Well politicians and corporations LOVE globalization. So if a corporation can go and outsource, or buy things in a different country, then why should it be ok for consumers to be limited by borders?

If you product A is available at a better price in another country, they should be free to buy it there and import it. If corporations don't want them them to do that they have two options:
a) lower prices in the place where the person lives
b) raise prices everywhere else

Isn't free market grand?

Re:Thanks Canada (1)

tqk (413719) | more than 2 years ago | (#39014145)

Well politicians and corporations LOVE globalization. So if a corporation can go and outsource, or buy things in a different country, then why should it be ok for consumers to be limited by borders?

ACK, ACK, and ACK![*] Most people think we're long past the Age of Enlightenment. I think we're still in the thick of it, and that war's still yet to be won. It's not at all a sure thing that we will win.

[*] Not to be confused with "Mars Attacks!"

Re:Thanks Canada (4, Informative)

Mistlefoot (636417) | more than 2 years ago | (#39008719)

That is not the only reason ads are substited, which is what you are referring to when you discuss "For those that don't understand let's try this as an example, on channel 3(cdn) you have family guy. On channel 7(US) you have family guy. Now, they pull channel 7, and put channel 3 in it's place. So, now you have channel 3, on channel 7's place as well. Enjoy."

What incentive does a Canadian company have to pay for rights to Canadians when half the market is lost to an ad on an American station that is not paying anything to advertise in the Canadian market? How does CTV then afford to pay for content when their ad space is devalued?

In your example, Channel 7 ads are mandated to be substituted to Channel 3 ads. There is an easy way to do that, as in theory, the content is the same, and that is by just subsituting the entire Channel 3 feed over. Sometimes this can't be done - as in one recent situation, where the Super Bowl Canadian ads were substituted over American ones. The entire feed was not substituted as some of the content (play by play or colour guys) where not the same on the US channels as they were on the Canadian channels.

Re:Thanks Canada (1, Interesting)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 2 years ago | (#39009027)

But it removes the choice from the consumer. Maybe some of us want to watch the US commercials. Especially during events like the SuperBowl. I to get ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX and a bunch of other US networks on my TV. I want those channels to come through unaltered.

Re:Thanks Canada (2)

camperdave (969942) | more than 2 years ago | (#39008845)

You know, despite the fact that the majority of the population lives within 100 miles of the US.

Don't forget that the majority of Americans live within 100 miles of their borders as well.

Re:Thanks Canada (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39009253)

Don't forget that the majority of Americans live within 100 miles of their borders as well.

lolno.

Re:Thanks Canada (1)

compro01 (777531) | more than 2 years ago | (#39009723)

Yep, you read that right. Your fundamental rights are determined by what the government, courts, and special government bodies(like the CRTC) says they are. In other words, the charter is worth less than the paper it's written on.

As opposed to every other country where they simply assume such a clause out of whole cloth.

Re:Thanks Canada (1)

H0p313ss (811249) | more than 2 years ago | (#39009839)

I'm trying to promote the idea that the very existence of the CRTC is unconstitutional.

Re:Thanks Canada (1)

tqk (413719) | more than 2 years ago | (#39014795)

I'm trying to promote the idea that the very existence of the CRTC is unconstitutional.

First, you'll have to prove that the concept "unconstitutional" actually exists in Canada. I'm not sure that's the case. Either the feds have jurisdiction, or the provinces have jurisdiction, or something has jurisdiction. The idea that, "No, that's not allowed", is a fiction here.

Re:Thanks Canada (1)

tqk (413719) | more than 2 years ago | (#39013941)

1. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.

Yep, you read that right. Your fundamental rights are determined by what the government, courts, and special government bodies(like the CRTC) says they are. In other words, the charter is worth less than the paper it's written on.

FWIW, we out here in the West at the time were screaming from the rooftops that that's the way it was going to turn out. Easterners were too busy worshipping Trudeau to listen. Fox, chicken coop, ...

Re:Thanks Canada (2)

mcneely.mike (927221) | more than 2 years ago | (#39008915)

Only in Canada, you say?
Pity. :-)

Good (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39008001)

I really don't want to sponsor that crap anyway. I loathe it when Canadian channels feel the need to shove that crap down our throat and make a big deal about which show is Canadian or which star/band is Canadian. Maybe I'd resent it less if they didn't play up the distinction so much. Canadians used to make fun of american advertisements which said "America's favorite ____" or "America's #1 _____" because it seemed like *everything* was considered #1 in America, it was just slapped on to anything where it would apply. Now the same cliche is being applied to everything in Canada and it smacks of opportunism. If you want to get my attention, just make a good product and don't try and make everyone think it's special just because it's from the country in which they reside. That's just incidental, and it just makes you look arrogant if you believe something is better just because it's local. Everything should be judged on an equal level.

Re:Good (4, Insightful)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 2 years ago | (#39008095)

The irritating protectionism of Canadian content has been going on for quite some time now; indeed, traditional broadcasters are restrained by a requirement to play at least a certain percentage of can-con [wikipedia.org] . Personally, I can't stand anything remotely folksy, and it seems the too much of the cultural output in this country is destined to be forever tainted with wolves, forests and beaver trappers, or otherwise ineptly idolizing its heritage. It's no wonder that stations need to be forced to play the stuff: anything profitable or progressive moves to the US for tax purposes.

One vaguely wonders, with some amusement, if the courts would have tried to force ISPs to obey the can-con requirement if this ruling went the other way. Of course this ruling was really only a question about forcing them to pay another tax, but the concept of applying broadcaster requirements to the Internet quickly becomes amusing. ("Your computer must now play the national anthem at least once every 24 hours...")

Re:Good (3, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 2 years ago | (#39008315)

Just up CanCon requirements to 100% and the 24 hour Beachcombers channel I've dreamed of for years will become realty!

Re:Good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39008545)

Gawd I wish they'd release the entire run on blu ray.
Bruno Gerussi, man... Bruno fuckin' Gerussi...

Re:Good (4, Informative)

realityimpaired (1668397) | more than 2 years ago | (#39008757)

You'd be surprised how much on TV these days counts as CanCon.... pretty much everything I watch these days is CanCon. Actually, *everything* I watch these days is CanCon, except for Dr. Who, and even that counts for the CanCon rules, because it's co-produced by the CBC and the BBC (despite mostly being filmed in Wales). Most of the best sci fi on North American TV is produced in Vancouver, and some of the best dramas on TV are produced in Vancouver or Toronto, with one notable exception which is produced in St. John's, NF. (and also one of my favourite shows)

Re:Good (1)

jamstar7 (694492) | more than 2 years ago | (#39011731)

At least you'd be spared American Idol. Lucky bastards.

Re:Good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39016289)

Posting Anonymously as I've moderated other comments. I accidentally modded this one as "Overrated", its right under "Funny", when I meant to moderate it as "Funny". Just thought you should know, I laughed so hard that my roommate thought I was choking. :-)

Re:Good (2)

game kid (805301) | more than 2 years ago | (#39008321)

Of course this ruling was really only a question about forcing them to pay another tax, but the concept of applying broadcaster requirements to the Internet quickly becomes amusing. ("Your computer must now play the national anthem at least once every 24 hours...")

It gets worse--the content guys would sue if the anthem sounded too much like one of their versions (something about losing revenue from commemorative CDs and such crap), so it has to be played in MIDI.

Re:Good (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39008487)

You should just move to US. It'll be much easier for you to kiss their ass... There's nothing wrong with can-con, it protects us partly from the load of stinking soul-less shit that those money-grubbing bullies south of the border try to shove down our throats. Can-con for the internet would be very wrong, but our culture definitely needs protection because of our geographic position.

Re:Good (2)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 2 years ago | (#39009813)

My point is this: perhaps, but that's irrelevant as long as our culture is so preoccupied with canoes.

Re:Good (1)

tqk (413719) | more than 2 years ago | (#39014931)

... our culture definitely needs protection because of our geographic position.

I take it you're fully in favour of Quebec's language laws?

If your "culture" needs to be protected via gov't fiat, what's that say about your population's view of your culture?

Re:Good (4, Interesting)

msobkow (48369) | more than 2 years ago | (#39008591)

Before you bitch too much about supporting the CBC and other Canadian content, consider this:

The fact that Canadian consumers of media and tax payers pay a significant share of the production costs of Canadian media has a great deal to do with why the general public in Canada has a right to copy, backup, and otherwise consume media they own.

The very fact that we are allowed to OWN media stems in part from the fact that we pay for part of it, even if we don't buy a copy of a particular finished product.

We would not have the liberal copyright laws in Canada that we do were it not for Can-Con funded at public expense.

Although the ISPs should not be subject to trying to provide any particular percentage of Canadian content in a global web environment, I don't think the content creators are being unrealistic or unfair if they expect the ISPs to pay a portion similar to what cable providers pay to fund Can-Con.

The content producers are right: It's the traditional "Canadian Way."

Re:Good (3, Interesting)

msobkow (48369) | more than 2 years ago | (#39008603)

Just to clarify:

Historically, Canadian broadcasters had to have a certain minimum percentage of Canadian content in their broadcasts. That's what we can't expect ISPs to deliver, because they have no control over what content their subscribers choose to view, download, or transmit.

But paying a percentage of revenue into the national funding pot the same as broadcasters do is not at ALL unreasonable, as a significant chunk of the content the ISPs stream IS Canadian content that they should pay a share to fund. CTV, CBC, Global, etc. all have web streaming services that the ISPs carry into Canadian homes, and they should pay their tithe like any other content distributor.

Re:Good (4, Interesting)

wrook (134116) | more than 2 years ago | (#39008833)

The difference between a cable TV service and an ISP is that the cable TV service chooses which content to carry. The ISP does not. Even though they physically carry the streaming data, they don't actually stream it themselves. CTV, CBC, Global, etc do. Those streaming services should pay. And they do already.

Adding another fee for ISPs is an interesting idea, but it is essentially a new levy. As a consumer that would ultimately have to pay that levy, I want something in return. The internet is more than a broadcasting medium. In fact, I barely use it for that purpose (although Slashdot might qualify). Similar to the levy on blank media for sound recordings, if I'm going to pay the levy (whether I consume the media or not), I want concessions. Allowing private copying for said media would be appropriate I think.

Ha ha ha. OK... I couldn't keep a straight face while typing that. I'd love to see the lobbyists' faces if they were told that was the price of opting in ISPs.

Re:Good (1)

msobkow (48369) | more than 2 years ago | (#39009495)

Do the cable and satellite distribution companies that carry those broadcasters pay?

Then so should ISPs.

Maybe there should be an exception for business-contract ISP clients because they aren't media-hungry "typical" consumers, but if the other signal carriers are being charged a levy, so should the ISPs.

Re:Good (1)

msobkow (48369) | more than 2 years ago | (#39009513)

But you are correct: If there is no current levy paid by the cable and satellite content delivery systems, then nor should there be one applied to the ISPs.

But I've always been under the impression that the cable and satellite content delivery systems do pay a levy.

Re:Good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39020425)

One problem with this argument is that CTV and Global are owned by the ISPs for many Canadians. Global is a subsidiary of Shaw and CTV is a subsidiary of Rogers. Rogers and Shaw are also ISPs for many people in Canada.

Re:Good (3, Insightful)

msobkow (48369) | more than 2 years ago | (#39008655)

One reason there is no "MPAA" in Canada is we provide the startup funding for film projects through government grants instead. Every movie, TV show, etc. that you see with "Funded in part by the Canadian Government" including the products of some really big name and well known studios leverages that funding.

Would you rather see us have an MPAA type organization pounding us and hounding us over so-called piracy when you preview or prelisten to downloaded or streamed media?

I think Can-Con funding is cheap compared to being raped by an MPAA.

Re:Good (4, Informative)

CanEHdian (1098955) | more than 2 years ago | (#39009035)

Hi msobkow. I guess you're in the US, looking north towards all that beauty. Unfortunately the grass isn't greener over here:

And what have we here? MPA [mpa-canada.org] "The Voice and Advocate for the Major International Producers and Distributors of Movies, Home Entertainment and TV Programming in Canada"

We also have a Canadian RIAA, formerly and still colloquially known as CRIA, but renamed Music Canada [musiccanada.com] to obfuscate the Recording Industry interests. "Representing Canada's Major Labels".

And "pounding us and hounding us over so-called piracy" - they do that too. And like MPAA/RIAA want to change the (proposed) laws to fit their own interests; see Dr. Geist's blog entry [michaelgeist.ca] .

Re:Good (1)

msobkow (48369) | more than 2 years ago | (#39009499)

But OUR Canadian version does not have nearly the teeth nor the clout that the American MPAA do, much though they might wish they did. And I believe that stems from the simple fact that ours is only an association of labels, not a FINANCE house for the labels as is the case in the US.

(I'd have though you'd realize I'm Canadian from the domain of my company in my sig -- why would an American get a .ca address? *LOL*)

Re:Good (1)

epp_b (944299) | more than 2 years ago | (#39015015)

I dunno ... I can only watch so many reruns of Air Farce and 22 Minutes.

Re:Good (1)

toriver (11308) | more than 2 years ago | (#39010035)

Maybe the broadcasters can just start counting

a) Any show or movie shot in Vancouver - a popular location for U.S. producers wanting to save a buck, at least until Prague got even cheaper

b) Any show or movie starring Michael J. Fox, Dan Aykroyd, Pamela Anderson, Jim Carrey or the many other Canada-born actors

Then the 10% should be easy to reach...

Re:Good (1)

tqk (413719) | more than 2 years ago | (#39015095)

Unfortunately, can-con rules are insane. We have Canadian artists producing works that aren't considered "Canadian enough" to fit because they were produced in conjunction with USA-ians. Holy !@#$ing nanny-state overreach!

BTW, how many of you knew that William Shatner played a central character in "Judgement at Nuremburg"? He did a damned good job, too. I nearly fell off my chair when I saw it.

Makes sense (5, Insightful)

Stormthirst (66538) | more than 2 years ago | (#39008007)

After all, ISPs don't just deliver movies, despite what the RIAA/MPAA/Stephen Harper say about the amount of piracy in Canada

Re:Makes sense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39009047)

"After all, ISPs don't just deliver movies, despite what the RIAA/MPAA/Stephen Harper say about the amount of piracy in Canada"

Someone needs to explain to them that an ISP is just a "communication medium"

Re:Makes sense (1)

tqk (413719) | more than 2 years ago | (#39015109)

Someone needs to explain to them that an ISP is just a "communication medium"

I prefer to think of them as a medium through which we foment revolution, but that may just be wishful thinking on my part.

Re:Makes sense (1)

sunderland56 (621843) | more than 2 years ago | (#39009329)

Say I have both cable TV and internet from Bell. A show I want to watch is available, in digitized compressed format via protocol A over cable TV, or via protocol B via the internet. All the bits travel down the same wire to my house. So the *only* difference is in the transmission protocol. Why should one method be taxed, and the other not? How does that make sense?

Re:Makes sense (1)

Xeno man (1614779) | more than 2 years ago | (#39009953)

Because on your cable you don't have a choice about what is available or not available and over your internet connection, Bell does not have a choice about what is available or not available.

Re:Makes sense (1)

sunderland56 (621843) | more than 2 years ago | (#39013113)

So if I want to watch, it is tax free. If I don't want it, or don't watch at all, it is taxed. Huh?

Re:Makes sense (1)

tqk (413719) | more than 2 years ago | (#39015189)

So if I want to watch, it is tax free. If I don't want it, or don't watch at all, it is taxed. Huh?

You're trying to make sense of a nonsensical situation. You should take Mark Twain's advice at times like that: "Whenever I get the urge to exercise, I lie down until the urge goes away."

I like to imagine Mark Twain and Richard Feynman in a sitting room together shooting the !@#$.

Re:Makes sense (1)

toriver (11308) | more than 2 years ago | (#39010049)

No, there is another difference: Bell can choose not to broadcast a given channel, so they act as a non-neutral intermediary.

Now, should Bell choose to start non-neutral filtering, e.g. blocking or throttling content sites they don't want you to access, then Bell-the-ISP seems to become subject to the same rules as Bell-the-cable-company.

You...! (-1, Offtopic)

wewew (2572439) | more than 2 years ago | (#39008013)

How dare you, Slashdot! You know nothing about triangles! Your level of knowledge about triangles is nothing compared to mine! Yet, you assume that you know everything about them. You assume that you're a professional. My knowledge of triangles reigns supreme!

Re:You...! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39008079)

My knowledge of triangles reigns supreme!

And yet, you still can't triforce.

No Control? (1)

wisnoskij (1206448) | more than 2 years ago | (#39008081)

While I like this ruling, I completely disagree that ISPs have no control.
They do not have the same type of control as television, but they have the ability to control everything if they saw fit.
And are exercising more and more control all the time.

Re:No Control? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39008345)

I think your looking at it backwards, what if I was building a few extra computers which I know will one day use a bank, so now I demand all banks help pay for my computers. I keep flappin my lip about this and get the people to demand it. Then I profit from free computers.

Next year, I destroy the microphone and camera business by demanding they pay my health insurance for the damage done by all that music and videos to my ears and scrambled brain.

year after, I destroy radio shack / frys by demanding they pay for their own electronics, and give back money for all the damage done by all those electric shocks or whatever fucking bullshit I make up from week to week.

Such talk is psyshopathic.

In the ISP case one provided a network service, the other (RIAA/MPAA) is a network abuser.
If anything for all their whining and bitching and fucking and whittling down of everyone's rights over the years. How much further are you going to let them go? Should they become part of DHS and just drop a drone on you if they suspect you downloaded a file?

I mean give me a fucking break I don't even hear my own voice anymore, all I HEAR IS THEM And their New LAWS! They don't pay me for my parts, or labor, they make my ability to predict the future impossible, thus destroying MY CREATIVITY, and to top it off since no banksters have been indicted, and instead we have the DOJ and all the AG's about to be complicite in continuing the fucking felony frauds of these robosigned Linda Green mortgages, or the broken HFT'd up market and at the same time putting out worse than fascist nazi propaganda trying to get people to I guess accuse their neighbors of being al queda. It seems the RIAA/MPAA is the DHS if they are the DOJ, and the food for feeding the energy to this nasty fascist fucking system is people.

You can keep up these stupid arguments on slashdot a little bit longer, but KNOW the above is what is coming. Monetary system collapse, or just outright civil war. Psychopaths with globalist ties are running things, this is why it's all fucked up.

This is why all there is to vote for is this Green Jobs UN, NATO, Monsanto loving local city council candidate vs that CFR, Halliburton, Goldman Sacks, another bankrupt /subsidised green tech solar company, vaccine lover and gun banner candidate. Yes they have letters after their names D is for Democrat R is for Republican L is for Libertarian I Independent P Peace G Green whatever they're all meaningless yet all you hear is about THIS. You don't hear about how your guy is tied to nasty terrorist events around the world, maybe it's NED or Freedom House spreading democracy in some foreign country in the form of NATO bombs and bullets. They got this shit so screwed up now very few people know the truth, of course everything you are fed through that fucking TV doesn't help.

Welp we went from DOOM and Doomwads on slashdot to watching our country kill us, and kill with drones next. We were shooting at the enemy in the beginning, but now we are the enemy. I just want it known right up front, before the usa turns into Greece, it's those banksters and the politicians who enabled them. That's the enemy that is who did this. They have to be rejected because they broke their oaths, you can almost tell by their friends they have if they are going to break their oath or not. Got love for Agenda 21/Carbon Tax, oathbreaker all the way. Now when things get bad, don't cry like a bitchy little girl, don't agree with them that you want to live in the prison/fema camp. Yeah you might have to use force to defend your life, your family, your friends, but for sure you are going to need unity when the government comes crashing down.

Great ruling (5, Interesting)

EmperorOfCanada (1332175) | more than 2 years ago | (#39008123)

I am sick of having my "Culture" dictated to me from Ontario. Canada has thousands of cultures. But in summary our culture is primarily a mix of British and American. Just check out our spelling and pronunciation. So a mix of British and American content serves me just fine.

The worst part of the Can Con crap is that it suffers the problem of any single source of wealth. A tiny few have mastered draining this well before anyone else can get a taste. Then they pump out some crap starring Gordon Pinsent or some other Canadian "No-fail-mainstay". I am not sure is the worst Canadian genre: when Torontonians try to imitate sophisticated New Yorkers, when they are covering "important issues" such as Indians or gay kids being bullied, or some depressing crap about some salt of the earth town that has collapsed resulting in domestic abuse and drinking. The Canada of most Canadians is none of the above. I strongly doubt that Canadians download hardly a lick of anything made in Canada about Canada. But that is not to say good stuff isn't made here. Stargate, battlestar galatica, and the x-files were all made here but they weren't aimed as Canadian Content. They were just smart people making good shows. No internet tax required.
Then there is our public radio CBC. Some of it is great but nearly every show is regularly interrupted while they showcase some band that would have trouble getting a gig at a shady nightclub.

Re:Great ruling (2, Informative)

Rheostatik (1628895) | more than 2 years ago | (#39008147)

You leave Gordon Pinsent the fuck alone, he's a Canadian icon. The Supreme Newfoundlander. The Codfather.

Re:Great ruling (1)

jamstar7 (694492) | more than 2 years ago | (#39011751)

His daughter is becoming one too. And DAMN is she cute!

Re:Great ruling (1)

tqk (413719) | more than 2 years ago | (#39015311)

You leave Gordon Pinsent the fuck alone, he's a Canadian icon. The Supreme Newfoundlander. The Codfather.

Fuck that. He's Benton Fraser's dad!

There's always (2)

ArchieBunker (132337) | more than 2 years ago | (#39008193)

The Trailer Park Boys.

Re:There's always (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39008857)

Fuckin' decent.

Re:Great ruling (4, Informative)

msobkow (48369) | more than 2 years ago | (#39009547)

Did you ever watch "X-Files?" How about "Stargate SG-1?"

Any show that was produced by "Alliance" or "Atlantis" pictures was a can-con product.

Don't confuse the CBC with being THE source of can-con -- it's not. The CBC is just more prone to produce documentaries and docu-dramas than the other can-con providers, and are more famous for it because they used to be our only national broadcaster.

You bitch about it being an "Ontario centric" media form. Was "The Beachcombers" set in Ontario? How about "Little Mosque on the Prairie" or "Corner Gas?"

Careful, man, your generalizations are showing... :P

Re:Great ruling (1)

jamstar7 (694492) | more than 2 years ago | (#39009819)

Trailer Park Boys: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Intelligence: Vancouver
Republic of Doyle: St John's Newfoundland
Call Me Fitz: (Unknown) Nova Scotia (filmed in New Minas)
Da Vinci's Inquest/Da Vinci's City Hall: Vancouver

Lotta good Canadian shows made outside Toronto, most of which you have to pirate to get in the States.

Re:Great ruling (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39014025)

You forgot some western examples...

Corner Gas (CTV): Rouleau, Saskatchewan.
Heartland (CBC): Cochrane, Alberta.

We produce great entertainment all across this country.

Re:Great ruling (1)

jamstar7 (694492) | more than 2 years ago | (#39015273)

Somebody already mentioned Corner Gas. Haven't seen Heartland yet, tho.

Re:Great ruling (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39015347)

corner gas... great entertainment? no.

Re:Great ruling (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39012089)

You're mostly right.

I live out west. I don't watch anything "based in Toronto" or "based in Montreal", because I don't care about Toronto, Montreal or 90% of the stuff that CBC produces. Except Being Erica, because it was good and the lead actress is from this part of the country. No 'aboots' geez. Quickest way to change the channel is listening to anyone that sounds like "Bob and Doug McKenzie" , I've only ever heard one local person ever sound like.

I much prefer the stuff that is made in Vancouver, if it actually involves Vancouver or not. X-files, Sliders, Dark Angel, SG-1,Fringe.

I don't understand how stuff like "little mosque on the prairie", "corner gas" and "arctic air" get greenlit other than by several idiots at CBC going "lets make the lowest budget pandering show ever, and put those Air Farce writers on it", all three of these shows seem like attempts to pander and mock stupid people who live in the middle of nowhere. Who knows, maybe they were good, but because they were all advertised with really stupid dialog, I wouldn't give them a chance.

To put things in perspective, it's like having every "geek" show on TV be like "Big Bang Theory" (which itself is horribly pandering to what the writers thinks are nerds) written to take place in a town that only has 10 people.

CBC never makes shows that take place in Vancouver (of if they have, they've so poorly marketed them that they may as well not exist,) so screw them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_filming_locations_in_the_Vancouver_area (See any CBC productions on there?)

What do I actually watch? House and Fringe, which are both on Fox. Forget those idiotic sitcoms.

I think the only "Canadian" non-CBC film I thought was interesting at all was the Scott Pilmgrim movie... mostly because it (and the comic it's based on, and the game that's based on the movie that's based on the comic) it's more of a geek movie than it is a "Canadian" movie. Unlike CBC productions which shove Canada in your face, the real locations used in Scott Pilgrim are places never visited in films, and could be any large city in North America.

Cancom stuff seems to have this obsessive compulsion to have wacky stereotype canadians showing the CN tower, mounties and beavers... enough of that crap. If cancom wants a reason to exist, produce stuff that you can sell to the Americans, Brits and Aussies. When they start doing that, and the shows are picked up and aired on American channels that Canadians watch, they'll accept it as non-pandering. Until then, I'm not watching.

PS, CBC could take a cue from the cartoons Nickeloden and Cartoon Network have picked up from Canada. Go watch cartoons, you'll find that plenty of the cartoons are voiced, animated and even take place in Canada, but you'll only pick up on it from the subtle canadian flags in places.

As a Canadian, I find some American shows equally as crappy when they shove Americana down the audience's throat, but unlike the CBC, they know exactly how to frame it without being so nearly as pandering. American Flags, Eagles, Statue of Liberty, Columbia and Uncle Sam, The White house, obsessions with guns, etc are all American pandering, and too much of it makes the show unsaleable outside of the US.

whoa just a sec (1)

arbiter1 (1204146) | more than 2 years ago | (#39008145)

If i get this right that "coalition" wanted companies like rogers and bell to pay twice for movies and television show's that they already pay $$$ to the tv company they pay money to to show that channel?

Shame nothing will come of it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39008393)

Such a true shame.

It will get a little publicity now. But it'll be forgotten in a few months and another case will be brought up, regardless of this ruling.

as we progress (3, Insightful)

alienzed (732782) | more than 2 years ago | (#39008397)

I hope that all forms of greed and unjust enrichment are shot down like this. Listen Artists, if you aren't making enough money, it's not because people are stealing from you, it's because you suck. (either at marketing your production or your productions themselves) I believe that people do pay for materials they believe justify it, and if it's not up to the customer what things should cost, then our whole economic system is based on BS.

Now we need a new ruling (4, Insightful)

future assassin (639396) | more than 2 years ago | (#39008699)

Network companies should be just that, offering network access and not be broadcasters, telephone, and content providers all in one.

Yes and No (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39009095)

they have no control over the content they distribute

... unless it's P2P content. Lest we not forget types of "control" such as throttling and packet detection. I'm sure the language of this ruling will be great for the giant ISPs to have in their back pockets in the near future.

Big Content Providers and their Customers (4, Insightful)

tkrotchko (124118) | more than 2 years ago | (#39010407)

Content Providers are one of the few businesses industries where the businesses actively hate their customers and do everything they can do to make things harder and more expensive for their customers.

Its really amazing when you compare it to a more traditional retail or services business.

Re:Big Content Providers and their Customers (1)

lurker1997 (2005954) | more than 2 years ago | (#39014865)

It's called monopoly.

So does this mean... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39011249)

that we can finally get Hulu and other US based services in Canada now? What about merging the US content from Netflix into the CDN one...?

Canada v America (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39011737)

I like Canada, but just as here in America, it is all about government over reach and control.

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