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In 1996, I started to write a book about the political evolution of the internet. In retrospect, this year served as the peak of excitement regarding everything the internet was going to be. Most commentators were understandably focused on the future of this wildly disruptive technology, but I chose to look at the past. Not of the internet itself, but in fact, a much older story. It’s a story of what I saw as repeated cycles of technological

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Return to the era of rule-making

By Debora Spar      

Amidst calls for regulation and enforcement, governments worldwide are reforming their copyright legislation to address the growing impact of digital-based services like Spotify and internet platforms like YouTube.

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, pictured in a file photo. Ottawa is in the midst of review of the Copyright Act, with the goal of fostering a marketplace that is transparent, promotes innovation, and access for users, and which supports creators in getting fair market value for their copyrighted content. The Hill Times file photograph by Andrew Meade
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