Regulating Internet Giants: Copyright-adjacency and the CRTC

When: April 20, 2023 at 5:00pm - 6:30pm EDT



Join the Ottawa and Toronto Chapters on Thursday, April 20 for a panel that will canvas various challenges and approaches to regulating Internet content through an existing and expanding copyright-adjacent regulatory framework for telecommunications and broadcasting. Commercial relationships in the film and television industry are based on copyright. Producers acquire the rights necessary to produce content and license that content to theatres, broadcasters and online streaming services. In Canada, the broadcasting industry is regulated by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (“CRTC”). The purpose of the regulatory regime is to achieve policy objectives, such as the creation and promotion of Canadian content, that would not otherwise be achieved through market forces alone.

While the development and proliferation of video and music online streaming services has fundamentally altered the way Canadians consume music, film and television the CRTC has to date exempted these online services from most forms of regulation. Now, however, the Federal Government is seeking to address the disruptions caused by online services by requiring the CRTC to regulate online streaming services and to require Google and Meta social media platforms to compensate news organizations when news content is shared on their platforms. These “copyright adjacent” regulatory schemes are intended to address a perceived imbalance between legacy media and large technology companies. Our panel will canvas various challenges and approaches to regulating content on the Internet, and discuss whether these measures are necessary, if they will achieve the desired result, and if there will be unintended consequences.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds must be requested in writing at least three business days before the event. Refunds will not be issued after that point. Unfortunately we will not be able to credit your registration payment toward a future event, but you may allow another person to attend in your place. Please email Bobby Cohen and let us know that person’s name, affiliation, city and state, and email address.

Financial Aid Policy

The Copyright Society provides a limited number of scholarships each year to students, law clerks, unemployed attorneys, and nonprofit and government employees. For information on how to apply, please click here.

MCLE Credit

1 MCLE Credit Available

Instructions for verifying attendance will be emailed to registrants prior to the program. Please see below for specific jurisdiction information.


The Copyright Society is a Certified CLE Provider in California. Program will satisfy 1.0 credit hour.


New Jersey
The Copyright Society is an Accredited New Jersey State CLE Provider. Program will satisfy 1.0 credit hour.


New York
The Copyright Society is an Accredited New York State CLE Provider. Program will satisfy 1.0 credit hour.


The Copyright Society is an Accredited CLE Provider in Pennsylvania. Program will satisfy 1.0 credit.


Please email Bobby Cohen, Administrative Coordinator, for any CLE questions.


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