Music Canada Welcomes Copyright Reform

TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - Music Canada is pleased to see long overdue copyright reform legislation back on the Parliamentary agenda and a strong commitment to get it passed.

"As we've witnessed in the past, the process is important and knowing that the government is committed to ensuring this bill advances into law, unlike its three predecessors, is gratifying," says Graham Henderson, President of Music Canada.  "Like any bill, we are fully confident it will undergo changes in committee, particularly given the consensus that developed during review of Bill C-32 that slight adjustments were needed so that the legislation would meet the government's anti-piracy objectives and support jobs in the creative industries."

Music Canada, formerly known as the Canadian Recording Industry Association, appeared before the legislative committee reviewing Bill C-32 along with artists Loreena McKennitt and Maia Davies and representatives of the Canadian Independent Music Association and the Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations.

Bill C-32, The Copyright Modernization Act, became the third copyright reform bill to die on the Order Paper when a Federal Election was called in March 2011.

Music Canada is a non-profit trade organization that represents the major record labels in Canada, namely EMI Music Canada, Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada.  Music Canada also provides certain membership benefits to some of the leading independent record labels and distributors.  Its members are engaged in all aspects of the recording industry, including the manufacture, production, promotion and distribution of music.

SOURCE Music Canada

For further information:

Amy Terrill - Vice President Public Affairs, Music Canada
aterrill@musiccanada.com  647-963-6044


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