Balanced Copyright for Canada

Balanced Copyright for Canada

November 08, 2010 14:24 ET

Bill C-32 Receives Support at Second Reading, Now to Committee for Review

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2010) - Balanced Copyright for Canada (BCFC), a broad-based coalition of Canadians in support of copyright reform, welcomed the 2nd Reading debate of Bill C-32, the Copyright Modernization Act, in the House of Commons.

The debate showed that, while there is a wide range of views on copyright reform, there is a strong consensus among all political parties that Canada's copyright legislation must be urgently updated in order to support Canadian artists and creators, and Canada's cultural industries.

Representatives of all four major federal parties reinforced the economic importance of Canada's cultural industries which, according to the Conference Board of Canada, contribute over $80 Billion or 7.4% to Canada's GDP. Creators and the cultural industries have been undermined by widespread online piracy in the face of a weak and outdated Copyright Act.

"Copyright reform is a complex issue and therefore it is encouraging to see all federal parties give thoughtful consideration to the various aspects of Bill C-32 and its impact on creators' ability to be fairly compensated for their work," says John-Paul Ellson, Chair of the Canadian Council of Music Industries and a member of the BCFC Advisory Board. "We welcome the strong interest shown in improving the Bill, and the government's indication that it will consider amendments to achieve this."

In addition to The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, and The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage, speakers included MPs Marc Garneau, Scott Simms, Carole Lavallée and Charlie Angus.

"Every speaker in last week's debate emphasized the importance of striking the right balance between the concerns of creators and consumers," says Ellson. "Fortunately, the two needs are not always in conflict. In trying to find that balance, I urge Parliamentarians to consider international best practices like those in Europe where strong copyright protection has helped to rebuild legal digital markets, while also leading to greater innovation and more choice for consumers."

Stephen Ellis, President and CEO of Ellis Entertainment Corporation and member of the BCFC Advisory Board, also remarked, "We now have a timely opportunity to refine the specifics of this Bill before it becomes law. Through open and constructive dialogue we finally have a shot at balanced and effective copyright reforms that will benefit from international experience and improve our standing with key trading partners, while addressing the needs of Canada's content producers and consumers in the digital age."

Balanced Copyright for Canada is a coalition of content creators, artists, and rights holders, and people who work in music, movies, video games, books, and software. They believe that Canada needs to move into the digital age on the legislation that governs copyright in this country. For further information, please visit www.BalancedCopyrightforCanada.ca.

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