Thinking about this latest court ruling, does it affect the canadian practice of rebroadcasting certain network affiliates from the US? Is there some exception for stuff that comes over the ariwaves in the clear into Canada?
"does it affect the canadian practice of rebroadcasting certain network affiliates from the US?"
Nothing to do with this.
It is more likely that all US stations, via Canadian satellite/cable, will be outlawed when the Canadian Alliance party wins the next election in 2 years.
This will be part of the backlash to the American protectionist policies of the anti free trader - George Bush. When Canada gets a real Prime Minister and replaces the wimp Jean Chretien; the reponse to American violations of treaties and Free Trade Agreements will be swift - just like in the rest of the world
Redistributing US Network affiliates in Canada is not a problem and perfectly legal, but rebroadcasting them back into the US would violate some U.S. Laws. Cable companies here perform a practice called Simultaneous-Substitutions when a Canadian and U.S. Network air the same show at the same time. They dont do a blackout but substitute the Canadian feed in place of the U.S. Network at that time and then switch back when the program has finished. They have been doing this for years. Its a major headache for cable and satellite companies here but they have to do it because of program rights issues.
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