CMN 2170: Lecture #1 Jan 8th, 2013
1.You cannot have a legal right w/o a corresponding obligation.
Freedom of information▯ copyright of movies
Freedom of expression
charter of rights and freedom
2. Rights and freedoms are not absolute.
Law of Defamation*
Main concept: concept of regulation regulation is not just law. Society and community, sporting teams and
leagues, online environment, a classroom all of these are constituted as communities. Canada at
provincial, municipal and federal, how do we regulate?
Section 91 and 92 of the Canadian constitution
Set out the distribution of powers between federal and provincial governments
Longitudinal context through history
Constitutional law provides the perspective of which we understand New Media. We must understand the
Canadian government and laws of parliament.
DO NOT BE SUBJECTIVE. no opinions, all course material
3 Tests Cumulative
What is this fundamental issue or problem this case presents?
1931 judgment from Supreme Court of Canada
provides the perfect perspective of a fundamental and crucial question @ this time▯ What do we do with
this radio? Massive change in communication and global technological change
Context of the emergence of Radio by the late 1920s, Canada, British Empire and US are dominating the
Radio market commercialized after this, quickly captured to be popularized commercialized and
Airwaves for airlines were “stuffed to the gills” with static because there was