Copyright Modernization Legislation: Members asked for input to move Canada to top rank as Innovation Nation
November 17, 2010


November 17, 2010

CATA/CAIP Help Develop Canada's Copyright Modernization Legislation

Members asked for input to move Canada to top rank as Innovation Nation

Thought leaders engaged through the industry's social networks to provide advocacy guidance on Copyright Reform (Bill C 32)

Contact: Emily Boucher, Media Adviser at eboucher@cata.ca or 613-236-6550

Ottawa, ON--CATAAlliance, Canada's largest high tech association today launched an online engagement Campaign to aid efforts of the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, and the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, in modernizing the Copyright Act (Bill C32).

CATA's goal is to ensure that new Copyright Legislation (Bill C-32) helps position Canada as a leader in the global digital economy. Minster Clement, said, "Our government promised to introduce legislation that will modernize Canadian copyright law for the digital age while protecting and creating jobs, promoting innovation and attracting new investment to Canada," adding, "This legislation will ensure that Canada's copyright laws are forward-looking and responsive in a fast-paced digital world."

"Online innovation and creativity depend upon both copyright protection and limitations on copyright" said CATA President John Reid. "The internet and online services-such as internet access providers, search engine's, and hosting platform- are key drivers of the economy and cultural development, but few realize that copyright law's delicate balance is essential to this. The legislative changes and fine tuning of terms and conditions inherent in this Bill will help determine the success of Canada as an Innovation Nation."

Reid added, the "Copyright Engagement Campaign" forms an integral part of the industry's Innovation Nation program, a program, under the tutelage of Canada's leading entrepreneur, Sir Terence Matthews that lays out what we must do as a nation to move us from a 13th place ranking to first place or an A ranking in innovation."

"Overriding Guidance for Canada's Copyright Reforms"

In order to maximize innovation and creativity, several fundamental areas of guidance and principles** should be considered that allow the market, new technologies and new creativity to evolve:
  • Copyright should promote open, efficient markets for creative goods and services. Wherever possible, we should rely on the market to establish values and create new business opportunities. Regulatory intervention and indiscriminate levies should be measures of last resort, limited to only those rare cases of true market failure.

  • Copyright laws should adopt clear, appropriate "safe" harbours for online services, so that they are not unfairly penalized for the acts of internet users.

  • Copyright should promote, not stifle, technological innovation. The role of copyright law is not to put up roadblocks and economic disincentives to market experimentation. Copyright laws should protect the ability of rights holders to benefit from the economic value of their works without preventing consumers from making legitimate uses of content that they have lawfully acquired.

  • Copyright should impose reasonable obligations on internet service providers, content aggregators, search engines and other intermediaries. Intermediaries should not have the primary responsibility for policing copyright infringement on the internet.
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John Reid, CATA CEO and one of the Campaign champions, spoke to this issue and asks for industry engagement through traditional and social media channels.

Action Item: Social Media Engagement, MP and Community Mobilization.
Please review the Copyright Engagement communiqué and join the Conversation by offering your guidance, views and feedback on the CATA Linkedin social media site at:

http://www.linkedin.com/groupRegistration?gid=37239

Please send electronically and/or print out and fax the Copyright Engagement communiqué and follow up with a phone call to your local MP, media and network of contacts, inclusive of posting on your social media.

** CATAAlliance and CAIP are members of The Business Coalition for Balanced Copyright (BCBC), and as its name suggests, this Coalition is concerned with achieving the necessary balance of interests, so crucial to ensure stronger growth, investment, innovation and job creation in Canada's creative digital sectors. 

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