Media Beat: January 28, 2019
By David Farrell
The federal government has amended Canada's Copyright Act to clarify that piracy notices sent to Canadians can't demand cash. – CBC News
BuzzFeed announced Friday it was firing about 200 people, 15 percent of its staff. Earlier in the week, Verizon’s media division, which includes HuffPost and Yahoo, reported 800 positions were in line for the chopping block. – Global News
As the lines between platforms and creators of original content continue to blur—think Amazon Prime, YouTube Red, and Spotify’s investment in original music—a newfound recognition of the inadequacies of the DMCA might finally lead to sensible updates to copyright law.
The popular streaming platform’s owners say it shouldn't be forced to pay into funds that are designed to support the creation of Canadian content, arguing that the country is better served by market competition than by regulating foreign online services.
"Numerous online distributors offer an abundance of content, including Canadian content, on demand, anywhere and any time to anyone with access to the open internet," a Netflix submission to a Canadian government committee says. – The Canadian Press
Apple News is set to officially release in Canada this week, according to The Canadian Press. The bilingual service will feature content from CBC, La Presse, CTV News and the Toronto Star. Additional sources are to be added. – The Canadian Press