Protect Podcast Freedom: Say "NO!" to CRTC Registration
They're coming for our podcasts!
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) wants to regulate all podcasts within Canada.
The CRTC stated that their new guidelines regarding podcasts target individuals hosting podcasts on their own websites or subscription platforms and "are not explicitly excluded from the Broadcasting Act."
This includes large independent creators, labeling them as "media services" when their privately owned websites or subscriber base generates an annual revenue of $10 million dollars or more.
These creators will be required to register with the federal institution.
There is no denying the power podcasts have in today's world, especially when they have become essential for sharing and discussing various topics impacting our world.
Through the regulation podcasts via the CRTC, Canadians will have fewer opinions and voices on key public debates and issues.
Censoring who can speak on the Internet through podcasts will force Canadians to listen to government-approved sources, serving the ideological interests of those in power.
Plus, there are no guarantees that Canadians will NOT BE cut off from international podcasts if they make $10 million Canadian or more.
One can reasonably assume each would need to register with the CRTC to “broadcast” on the Internet here in Canada.
If enough Canadians voice their demands for the content they want to see and listen to, the CRTC will have to listen. They must be reminded that they are here to serve all Canadians and our interests.
They must respect our podcast choices and provide us access to the content we choose to enjoy.
We must act quickly, though, as the CRTC is closing podcast registration on November 28, 2023. You will likely lose access to your favorite podcasts after the registration deadline!
Sign the petition now, and let's ensure all podcasters can share and publish their content to all Canadians without being forced to register with the CRTC.
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Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Section 2(d), Freedom of Association
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Section 2(b), Freedom of Expression