Why Isn't YouTube Canadian?: My Appearance Before the Industry Committee

Michael Geist, Weblog, Nov 01, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Michael Geist weighs in with the observation that many of the services that define the web today - Google, Facebook, YouTube, etc., were actually invented first in Canada, but did not become world leaders because of legal and policy problems in Canadian law. He writes:
- ICraveTv was a video sharing service that persisted until the U.S. complained and the law was changed, making the service illegal (Here's my article from back then).
- OpenText, while still today a large company, could have been our Google, but Canada had a much more restrictive fair dealing provision that prevented OpenText from offering the same sort of results Google did.
- Nexopia started well before Facebook but was not protected by the same sort of 'safe harbour' provisions Facebook did to support sharing and messaging
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