March 19th, 2008

screwyou

CBC to distribute Canada's Next Prime Minister special non-DRM via BitTorrent

Some of you may have seen this on The National, but I am so proud of the CBC for this. And this.

I rather like the pointing out that the private broadcasters have more or less forced them to this - the CBC is, after all, as they point out, tax-funded, and the public is entitled to its programming. Making said programming "available throughout Canada by the most appropriate and efficient means" now means "via the Internet." Which has been obvious to, I don't know, everybody for a while now, but most broadcasters (particularly in North America and under the bootheel influence of specifically American ones, see Copyright: A Step-By-Step-Guide) have still retained the policy of sticking fingers in their ears and going "la la la la la" and pretending they can send the Internet and all its evil information-sharing ways away simply by ignoring it. Or censoring it.

*gives the CBC a hearty pat on the back* Way to get with the fucking program, CBC. Welcome to the twenty-first century. The company is sparse, but rareified. (And heavily populated with fellow Canadians.)