OTTAWA, Sept. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Photographers Coalition
(CPC) welcomes the reintroduction of Copyright reform legislation. The Copyright Modernization Act includes a provision to award photographers first ownership on
commissioned works; a right held by all other creators.
"The Copyright Act is an important policy tool for the promotion of Canada's culture and
Canadians' creativity," stated André Cornellier, Coalition Co-chair.
"As professional photographers, we understand first-hand the importance
of ensuring a modern Copyright Act promotes both of these objectives."
"In 2008 and 2010, we welcomed copyright reform and its recognition of
photographers as equals among their creative colleagues. Heritage
Minister James Moore and Industry Minister Christian Paradis have again
committed to ending this inequity," said Brian Boyle, Coalition
"We are extremely pleased with the government's decision to recognize
photographers as authors of commissioned works. Building on that
principle, we will seek a small technical amendment to the bill at
committee," added Mr. Cornellier.
The Canadian Photographers Coalition was formed to support the extension
of copyright fairness to Canada's working professional photographers.
The Coalition represents the interests of two professional
associations: the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) and the
Canadian Association of Professional Image Creator (CAPIC).
Together the groups represent professional photographers working in all
aspects of the craft and in all regions of the country. There are over
14,000 professional photographers working and living in Canadian
communities from coast to coast. Over 95 per cent of professional
photographers are small business people, owning, operating and working
in their own businesses and dependent on sales of their work to support
their families. Like all small business people, photographers are part
of the engine that drives the Canadian economy.
SOURCE Canadian Photographers Coalition (CPC)
For further information:
Emily Pearce, Temple Scott Associates, (613) 241-6000 ext. 246