Canada isn’t attempting to silence podcasters

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The Canadian regulatory physique that oversees radio, tv, and on-line streaming companies put out a information launch final week a few provocative new rule. Any on-line streaming service that operates in Canada, presents broadcasting content material, and earns greater than $10 million in annual income might want to full a registration kind by November. This consists of on-line companies that provide podcasts, the discharge acknowledged.

The transfer has drawn some criticism on social media in addition to in op-eds in numerous Canadian information retailers, which counsel that the rule is the start of an effort by the federal government to manage speech on podcasts. A spokesperson for the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Fee (CRTC) advised Scorching Pod that that…

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