Association of Canadian Publishers

Association of Canadian Publishers

June 12, 2008 18:49 ET

Association of Canadian Publishers Reviewing Bill C-61

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 12, 2008) - The Association of Canadian Publishers is carefully reviewing the measures contained in the Bill C-61, and will consider its implications in consultation with its colleagues in other areas of the writing and publishing communities. The ACP, while reserving judgement about the specifics of the proposed legislation, does welcome the end of the long wait for its appearance. Carolyn Wood, Executive Director of the Association of Canadian Publishers, expressed relief that the government's intentions are now clear. "Canadians can now have an informed national debate about what the proposed law actually says, instead of reacting to the speculation and rumour that some commentators have been churning out in recent months."

The introduction of Bill C-61 marks the next step in the vital process of bringing Canadian law up to date with technologies that have advanced so rapidly in recent years, and in so doing have changed the landscape in which writers and publishers produce books for Canadians and for readers around the world.

In an age where a writer's work can be replicated and transferred to millions of people in the blink of an eye, it is essential that our laws protect the rights of the creators and producers of that work, while facilitating access as much as possible for its readers. This balance must be recognized in legislation and maintained in practice if Canada is to continue to produce excellent writing in all genres: children's books, literary works, classroom texts, and works of advanced scholarship, are all affected by new technologies that make published works vulnerable to piracy, theft, and other forms of copyright abuse.

The bill tabled today is a complex one. Some of the proposed changes to the law have the potential to foster the creation, dissemination, and use of Canadian culture, while others may not. The Association of Canadian Publishers will examine the bill closely in the coming days, considering its implications for publishers, authors, librarians, educators, and readers.

The Association of Canadian Publishers represents the Canadian-owned English-language book publishing industry in Canada, with 125 members from across the country.

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