Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez says streaming platforms resembling Netflix, Disney and Amazon are “the brand new large gamers” and will contribute extra to Canadian tradition.
In a debate within the Home of Commons a few invoice to control on-line streaming, Rodriguez says updating the broadcasting regulation is lengthy overdue and must cowl business content material on social media and streaming platforms.
He says the final time the regulation was up to date in 1991, folks took out movies from Blockbuster and listened to Walkmans.
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Rodriguez says he needs to see the creation of extra Canadian applications to advertise homegrown expertise, resembling CBC’s “Schitt’s Creek” and “Anne with an E,” which additionally streamed on Netflix.
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However he says he’s versatile about how streaming platforms contribute to Canadian tradition, they usually might use totally different fashions together with placing cash in a fund.
The minister says he has “fastened” considerations raised by critics of a earlier model of the invoice that it will clamp down on folks watching or creating content material for social-media platforms.
Conservative MPs expressed fear that non-commercial creators of digital content material might be affected by the regulation.
Rodriguez says in an interview he met with influencers and on-line creators and “the invoice is just not about them.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Feb. 16, 2022.
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