Both Chan and Kee cautioned that Canada should avoid moving towards a copyright system like the EU’s Copyright Directive, which will make platforms liable for infringement and is currently being formalized by the parliamentary body.
“Platforms of scale would be very challenged and would reduce the ability for, in this case, artists and rights holders to reach large audiences,” Chan said of the EU’s plans for copyright.
Echoing Chan’s comments, Kee said that the imposition of EU copyright rules in Canada would create difficulties for Google-owned video sharing website Youtube because of the vetting that would be required by the platform. Earlier this month, Youtube launched a campaign (called #SaveYourInternet) in opposition to the EU’s pending rules.
Chan would not answer questions from reporters following Monday’s meeting. He refused reporters’ questions following a committee appearance earlier this year as well, as he faced heated questioning over Facebook’s lobbying disclosures.
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