By Michael Geist
February 28, 2018
Article from Michael Geist
Canadians Take a Stand Against Bell Coalition's Website Blocking Plan
The Bell playbook for its website blocking proposal has largely followed a familiar narrative. Much like the “Fair for Canada” campaign in 2013 that was designed to convince Canadians that keeping foreign competitors such as Verizon out of the country was in their best interest, the FairPlay Canada campaign similarly tries to make the case that a coalition of supporters want the CRTC to institute website blocking without court orders. The campaign clearly starts with Bell: they first raised the issue in September at a House of Commons committee hearing, obtained the legal opinion to support the application (it is addressed to Bell), and used a closely allied law firm to draft the application.
Proponents of the website blocking plan have relied heavily on character attacks (“anti-copyright”, demagoguery, etc.) to counter criticism of the plan. Yet move beyond the ad hominem attacks and the merits of the site blocking application quickly fall apart. As I have been recounting for the past two weeks – there are still more posts to come – the case against the website blocking proposal is very strong:
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