BC Supreme Court ruled to have jurisdiction in defamation lawsuit against Twitter by BC plaintiff

Hey all, The BC Supreme Court ruled yesterday in Giustra v. Twitter, Inc., 2021 BCSC 54 that the court has (and will exercise) jurisdiction in a defamation lawsuit against California-based Twitter by a BC plaintiff. The ruling provides encouragement for Canadian plaintiffs attempting to hold U.S.-based internet platforms responsible for content accessed by Canadians. As… Read More

Welcome to the fifth cohort of Communications Law 2.0 @ Allard; or are you the first cohort of Communications Law 3.0?

The world is changing. As some of my kids would say: “It’s a mood”. Was trying to remember when I first did legal work on a media file. It probably was 39 years ago. Change, rapidly accelerating change (or the invocation, true or not, of rapidly accelerating change) has always been part of the landscape…. Read More

News of the Week; January 6, 2021

COMMUNICATIONS Broadband Infrastructure Companies Ripe for M&A, Experts Say Pudding-Brained 5G Conspiracies Somehow Get Even Dumber  FCC Issues Ruling Limiting Call Volumes Permitted Under TCPA Exemptions FCC issues voluntary caller id authentication best practices for Voice service providers FCC Takes A Break From Not Caring About Consumers To Hassle Some Landlords Over Pirate Radio ViaSat… Read More

News of the Week; December 30, 2020

COMMUNICATIONS FCC Seeks Input on FM Booster “Zonecasting” Proposal  FCC Threatens Large Fines Against Landlords Who Allow Pirate Radio Broadcasts on Their Property  Congress Appropriates $7 Billion to Fund Broadband Initiatives Impact of Section 889’s Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Equipment Prohibitions on Federal Grant and Loan Recipients Verizon’s Latest 5G Innovation: A 5G ‘DSS’ Network… Read More

News of the Week; December 23, 2020

COMMUNICATIONS BILL C-10: An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts The Broadcasting Act Blunder, Day 19: The Misleading Comparison to the European Union (Michael Geist) The Broadcasting Act Blunder, Day 20: The Case Against Bill C-10 (Michael Geist) Early Warnings: Canada’s Regulators Issue Warning Letters… Read More

News of the Week; December 16, 2020

COMMUNICATIONS The Broadcasting Act Blunder, Day 15: Mandated Confidential Data Disclosures May Keep Companies Out of Canada (Michael Geist) The Broadcasting Act Blunder, Day 16: Mandated Payments and a Reality Check on Guilbeault’s Billion Dollar Claim (Michael Geist) The Broadcasting Act Blunder, Day 17: The Uncertain Policy Directive (Michael Geist) The Broadcasting Act Blunder, Day… Read More

News of the Week; December 9, 2020

COMMUNICATIONS The Broadcasting Act Blunder, Day 11: The “Regulate Everything” Approach – Licence or Registration Required (Michael Geist) The Broadcasting Act Blunder, Day 12: The “Regulate Everything” Approach – The CRTC Conditions (Michael Geist) The Broadcasting Act Blunder, Day 13: The “Regulate Everything” Approach – Targeting Individual Services (Michael Geist) The Broadcasting Act Blunder, Day… Read More