Creator of popular children’s YouTube channel slams federal online streaming bill – Surrey Now-Leader

The Canadian creator of a children’s YouTube channel with 34.2 million subscribers says the government’s online streaming bill is bad legislation that fails to recognize how digital platforms operate.

Morghan Fortier, who claims his Super Simple Songs channel is Canada’s most-watched YouTube channel, told a House of Commons committee today that Bill C-11 confuses platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and TikTok with broadcasters like CBC and Netflix.

The entrepreneur argues that the online streaming bill gives sweeping powers to the internet streaming regulator.

She says broadcasting laws should be modernized, but the bill is too ambitious and she called for a clause giving the regulator potential powers over user-generated content to be removed.

But other experts speaking before the heritage committee called for the bill to be introduced quickly to protect Canadian music producers and create a level playing field between foreign streaming giants such as Netflix and Canadian broadcasters.

Fortier says his channel, which features children’s songs on animated videos, has been viewed more than 1.3 billion times in Canada and light regulation is key to his success and that of other digital creators .

—The Canadian Press

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