TORONTO, Feb. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - The IATSE applauds the Government of
Canada for moving forward with Bill C-11, The Copyright Modernization
Act. The bill will help ensure a stable entertainment industry, which
is what keeps its 16,000 Canadian members employed.
Seventy-five percent of movie revenues and 50% of TV show revenues come
from downstream sources, meaning DVD sales, cable, and pay-per-view.
Illegal downloads make for significant losses, as do compromised
funding streams. Lenders are less willing to finance an increasingly
unstable industry, which ultimately means that movies don't get made
and Canadian jobs - film crews, set carpenters, restaurant & hotel
workers, caterers, florists - are lost. Last year alone, there were
12,600 full-time equivalent jobs lost to piracy in Canada.
Director of Canadian Affairs John M. Lewis stated, " Piracy is not a
victimless crime. It's taking money out of workers' pockets and it's
reducing the amount of work that is available. That's why the IATSE
supports the objectives of Bill C-11. Canada needs copyright
legislation that will help protect and create jobs, stimulate the
economy, and attract new investment."
The IATSE is an International Union that represents members employed in
the stagecraft, motion picture and television production, and trade
show industries throughout the United States, its Territories, and
(For background information on the International Alliance of Theatrical
Stage Employees: www.iatse-intl.org.)
SOURCE I.A.T.S.E., Canadian Office
For further information:
IATSE: 212-730-1770 ext. 150