Canadians Stuck With Analog Rights in a Digital World









Not only are Canadians more vulnerable to abusive use of a broadcast flag, but their rights to even record “copy freely” programs are open to question. The Canadian Association of Broadcasters recently told the CRTC that consumers who record television shows for later viewing, whether on a VCR or PVR, violate the law. There has been recent speculation that Industry Minister Jim Prentice will soon introduce new legislation that would legalize time shifting in Canada. However, the use of broadcast flags or other recording restrictions in Canada suggests that the legal reform may be too little, too late.—Canadians Stuck With Analog Rights in a Digital World