Canada vs California

How Ottawa took on Netflix and the streaming giants

by Howard Law

Canada vs California provides a road map of the tense battle between Canadian content and California's billion dollar businesses that threaten to drown it out.

Howard Law’s Canada vs. California maps the ongoing battle to create and promote Canadian content in the media and the digital revolution that has made it increasingly less visible.

An avid advocate for Canadian content, Howard Law has spent years reporting on, and fighting for Canadian media and the journalists who create it. As a former senior official for Unifor, and with his website Mediapolicy.ca, Howard Law offers expert guidance on the constantly shifting battlefield between Canadian content and Meta, Google, Netflix, Amazon and other Silicon Valley giants that threaten to overwhelm us.

Canada vs. California explains how creative Canadian content may not survive the dominance of the American cultural juggernaut without new and effective interventions by the Canadian state.

About the Author

HOWARD LAW is an advocate working to defend the interests of Canadian journalists. An activist and writer, he is the author of MediaPolicy.ca. As an expert on the fight for Canadian content, Howard spent his career in the labour movement. He was the media director for Unifor from 2013 to 2021, representing journalists and media workers before the CRTC and Parliamentary committees. He lives and writes in Toronto, Ontario.

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