Private Broadcasters Support Government's Copyright Modernization Act

OTTAWA, Sept. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - Canadian private broadcasters congratulate the Ministers of Industry and Canadian Heritage on the copyright bill released today. Private radio broadcasters applaud the efforts of the Government in tabling balanced copyright legislation that aims to make Canada's copyright laws work for all stakeholders, including artists and creators as well as innovative businesses such as the radio industry.

Copyright is an extremely important issue for the radio industry - as the largest single payer of copyright tariffs in Canada.  This past year radio contributed $115M in direct funding and copyright payments to the music industry. This direct funding is five times greater than the level it was just nine years ago.  Meanwhile broadcasters are continuing to provide significant ongoing support to artists in addition to our copyright payments.

In Bill C-11, the Government has taken steps to eliminate the redundant payments radio broadcasters make for purely technical digital file reproductions necessary to build our on-air programming schedules. This will ensure that Canadian home grown radio artisans, and the local musicians that they support, benefit instead of the multi-billion dollar foreign companies who are currently the beneficiaries of over 80% of the reproduction tariff paid by Canadian radio broadcasters.

"Broadcasters are optimistic that this time copyright reform will get implemented," said Sylvie Courtemanche, Chair of the CAB. "We can pick up where we left off when the last bill died on the order paper.  The broad policy debates are over:  the Government has reaffirmed its clear intent to provide broadcasters with a full exemption from reproduction right liability.  We can now focus on the minor technical amendments that will help ensure that Bill C-11 works as intended.  To that end, broadcasters look forward to working with the Special Legislative Committee."

Sent on behalf of Canada's Private Broadcasters

SOURCE Canadian Association of Broadcasters

For further information:

Sylvie Courtemanche
613-692-3177
sylvie.courtemanche@corusent.com 

-or-

Gabriel van Loon
613-233-4035 ext 222
gvanloon@cab-acr.ca

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