Michael Geist appeared before Senate Committee on Transport and Communications to discuss Bill S-225

Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Dr. Michael Geist, a Faculty Member at the University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society, appeared before the Senate Committee on Transport and Communications as part of its study of Bill S-225 that proposes copyright reform as a mechanism to address the challenges faced by the news media sector.

Dr. Michael Geist argued that Bill S-225, An Act to amend the Copyright Act (remuneration for journalistic works), is an ill-advised foray into copyright reform as it misunderstands the technology used by the news media sector and does not address the core issues at play. 

In his opening remarks to the Senate Committee, Dr. Geist tackled numerous challenges posed by Bill S-225, especially pertaining to self-censorship, risks to freedom of expression, protecting innovative startups, increased government intervention in the journalism sector, and more.

 

Read Michael Geist's full introductory remarks here.

 

Dr. Michael Geist is a Faculty member at the Centre for Law, Technology and Society, a Full Professor at the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section at the University of Ottawa and holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and e-Commerce Law.

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