May 24, 2024

Canada is making ready to control podcasts, a transfer that’s drawing criticism throughout the web.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Fee (CRTC) introduced its plan to control podcasts in an effort “to modernize Canada’s broadcasting framework and guarantee on-line streaming companies make significant contributions to Canadian and Indigenous content material.”

The CRTC unveiled two new pointers that can apply to the trade:

First, the CRTC is setting out which on-line streaming companies want to supply details about their actions in Canada. On-line streaming companies that function in Canada, provide broadcasting content material, and earn $10 million or extra in annual revenues might want to full a registration type by November 28, 2023. Registration collects fundamental data, is simply required as soon as and may be accomplished in only a few steps.

Second, the CRTC is setting situations for on-line streaming companies to function in Canada. These situations take impact at this time and require sure on-line streaming companies to supply the CRTC with data associated to their content material and subscribership. The choice additionally requires these companies to make content material obtainable in a method that isn’t tied to a particular cellular or Web service.

The company will maintain a 3rd session to debate attainable additional regulation.

“We’re growing a contemporary broadcasting framework that may adapt to altering circumstances,” mentioned Vicky Eatrides, Chairperson and Chief Government Officer, CRTC. “To do this, we’d like broad engagement and sturdy public information. We admire the numerous participation throughout this primary part and stay up for listening to a variety of views at our contributions continuing in November.”

It goes with out saying that the CRTC’s regulation is already drawing widespread condemnation, with many saying the transfer is an assault on free speech.