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Law and the "sharing economy": Regulating market-based online platforms


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Law and the "sharing economy": Regulating market-based online platforms

Invitation to a public panel of experts (free to attend, registration needed) at the Grande Bibliothèque de Montréal. 

Address : 475 Boul de Maisonneuve Est, Montréal, H2L 5C4

New websites and mobile applications that let individuals exchange rentals or services are changing how people locate short term accommodation, get from place to place in the city, and carry out other activities that have often been heavily regulated. As a result, some of these platforms (such as Airbnb and Uber) have come into sharp conflict with regulators over issues such as safety, taxation, working conditions, privacy, discrimination, and even ensuring the availability of affordable housing. Regulators are struggling to come to terms with this new reality. How should they respond? How should the law distinguish between commercial and personal activity? Should regulation be aimed at the platforms or at those who use them? 

A public panel of experts on the topic will take place at Montreal’s Grande Bibliothèque, on January 19th, 2017, from 5:30 to 7 pm. A reception will be held immediately afterwards. This will be a bilingual event, free to attend. Certificates of attendance will be produced for persons who request them, including for the Quebec Bar’s continuing education. 

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