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Canada moves forward with local quotas for streaming services


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The Canadian government is moving forward with legislation that will require audio and video streaming services to feature a greater proportion of local content. This covers music services like Spotify and Apple Music, and video services like Netflix, YouTube and TikTok.

The ruling Liberal party had tried to bring in a similar bill in 2021, but ran out of time to pass it when a general election was called. Now its second attempt looks likely to become law, with measures similar to those already covering TV and radio output in Canada.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the new law will also “demand that streaming companies and video-sharing sites make annual payments to fund Canadian artists, which officials peg at an estimated one billion Canadian dollars, the equivalent of about $770 million”.

Collecting society SOCAN has supported the legislation, but YouTube and TikTok have criticised it.


Written by: Stuart Dredge