Balanced Copyright for Canada welcomes introduction of Copyright Bill

TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - Balanced Copyright for Canada (BCFC), a broad-based coalition of creators, artists, rights holders and people who work in the creative industries, welcomes the reintroduction of copyright reform legislation. BCFC encourages all Parliamentarians to work together for its quick passage.

"A great deal of work was done before the election to identify opportunities for refinement to the last bill," says Stephen Stohn, executive producer of the TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation and President of Epitome Pictures Inc. "We expect that the government will build on those positive results and the consensus that emerged, in order to modernize Canada's copyright regime and to support jobs in the creative sector."

Bill C-32, The Copyright Modernization Act, was being reviewed by a legislative committee when an election was called in March 2011, causing the bill to die on the Order Paper. This was the third copyright reform bill to die on the Order Paper since 2005.

"Artists have been waiting a long time for copyright reform in Canada and I'm happy that we may finally see results," says Maia Davies, Steering Committee member and singer and lead guitarist of Ladies of the Canyon. "We need a framework of strong anti-piracy policies that support the efforts of music entrepreneurs to provide legal and innovative ways for fans to access our music, while ensuring fair compensation for the work that we do."

About Balanced Copyright for Canada
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.

SOURCE Balanced Copyright for Canada

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Hogarth Communications, for BCFC
don@hogarthpr.com; 416-565-8920

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