ISPs Are Not Broadcasters, Canada's High Court Rules

By Ben James (February 10, 2012, 9:27 PM EST) -- Canada's highest court ruled Thursday that Internet service providers do not qualify as broadcasters and are not covered by the requirements of Canada's Broadcasting Act, rejecting an appeal from the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists and others.

The Supreme Court of Canada tackled the question of whether ISPs carry on "broadcasting undertakings" subject to the Broadcasting Act when they provide Internet access to broadcasting requested by end users, and answered in the negative.

Thursday's ruling affirmed a decision out of the Federal Court of Appeal, which had the question referred to it by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications...

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