ESAC Applauds the Government's Introduction of Copyright Reform Legislation


    Stronger intellectual property protection is good news for Canadians

    TORONTO, June 12 /CNW/ - Today, the Government of Canada introduced its
much anticipated copyright reform legislation. The Entertainment Software
Association of Canada (ESAC) has long been an advocate of updated copyright
rules, and is pleased to see the government take action to protect our
nation's industries and artists from theft.
    "We were pleased to see the government take this step toward delivering
on its throne speech promise to address copyright reform," said Joan Ramsay,
President of ESAC's Board of Directors. "Copyright reform is essential to the
protection of Canada's knowledge-based industries, including the entertainment
software industry, a major contributor to Canada's economy and the fastest
growing entertainment industry in the world. We face an uphill battle to
protect our intellectual property from digital piracy, and we welcome the
introduction of legislation that will ultimately protect those who so greatly
contribute to Canada's financial prosperity and global competitiveness.
    "It's simple: Every time someone acquires an illegal copy of a video
game, money, in turn, is not going to those Canadians who work so hard to
develop and publish games. That's money that cannot be reinvested in
creativity, job growth, and industry development," said Ramsay. "Copyright
reform is essential to strengthen our competitiveness as an industry."
    Ramsay thanked the Harper government for taking action on this important
issue, and reiterated her appreciation to both the Industry and Public Safety
Committees for their recent reports on piracy and counterfeiting. "We're
looking forward to reviewing this legislation in greater depth and working
with the government toward its implementation."

    The Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC) is dedicated
exclusively to serving the business and public affairs needs of companies in
Canada that publish and distribute computer and video games for video game
consoles, handheld devices, personal computers and the Internet. Association
members include the nation's leading interactive entertainment software
publishers and distributors, which collectively accounted for more than 90 per
cent of the $1.67 billion in entertainment software and hardware sales in
Canada in 2007. The entertainment software industry currently accounts for
over 260 firms and 10,000 direct jobs and thousands more in related fields
across Canada. For more information about the ESAC and its programs, please
visit www.theesa.ca.




For further information: Nicole Helsberg, Entertainment Software
Association of Canada, nhelsberg@theesa.com, (416) 620-7171 x248, (416)
729-3501