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Massive Legal Bills Force TVAddons’ Adam Lackman Towards Bankruptcy

In his latest fundraising effort, launched this week, he’s seeking a total of CAD$171,981 – an amount which includes close to CAD$50,000 to cover some of the plaintiffs’ legal fees, previously awarded to them by the court. – Andy, TorrentFreak » https://ift.tt/2LGB6Vm [photo:TVaddons]

Watch This Guy Smash a Modem With an Axe In Front of His ISP Over Poor Service

“Bell Canada, for a communications company, you are a failure,” Parsons says to the camera, explaining that he is unsatisfied with his internet service. He can’t easily get Bell representatives on the phone, he claims, nor does the company respond to his pleas on social media. When he did speak to a Bell representative, they give him wrong information, he claims, and a tech that was supposed to install a modem simply left it at his door. – Jordan Pearson, MOTHERBOARD https://ift.tt/2Nyf84K

Quebec man seeks to file class action against Netflix over fee hikes without warning 

“They had to send a notice which mentions exclusively the rate that the people were paying and the new rate,” said lawyer Pierre Boivin, who represents the consumers. “They also have to mention that the consumer would have 30 days to cancel the contract if they don’t agree with this increase, and that’s not what Netflix sent. They did not respect this provision of the Consumer Protection Act.” – Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press via The Toronto Star http://ift.tt/2vH9o2L

Canada strengthens net neutrality with zero-rating crackdown

Canada’s telecom regulator [CRTC – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission] has ruled against a carrier offering ‘free’ music streaming as part of a zero-rating scheme. Quebecor’s ‘Unlimited Music’ allows premium Vidéotron subscribers to use select streaming apps, such as Spotify, Apple Music and TIDAL, without the data counting towards their monthly allowance. Many believe this type of scheme violates the principles of net neutrality, which argue all data should be treated equally. – Nick Summers, Engadget http://engt.co/2pL1bp9

Time for a ‘use it or lose it’ rule for Canadian streaming rights, advocates say

Under a use-it-or-lose-it rule, streaming rights would revert back to producers/owners if the licensing party failed to exploit them within a specified period of time after acquisition. Rights owners would then be free to re-license their content to another streaming service. The idea is not alien to Canada. Up until recently, Canadian broadcasters were bound by such a clause in their “terms of trade” agreement with the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), which represents more than 350 independent production companies. The agreement was enforced by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) as a condition of broadcast license renewals. – Peter Nowak, CBC News http://ift.tt/2lIuhSU
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