BSA Praises Federal Government Plans To Modernize Canadian Copyright Act

Stronger Copyright Legislation Critical In The Fight Against Software Piracy, BSA Says

TORONTO, June 2 /CNW/ - The Business Software Alliance (BSA), the voice of the world's commercial software industry, praised the federal government today for tabling legislation aimed at modernizing Canada's copyright laws for the digital age.

"We commend the government for taking this important and long-awaited step," said Michael Murphy, Chair of the BSA Committee in Canada. "Bringing Canada's copyright laws into the digital era is essential to safeguarding the future of Canada's software industry so it can continue to prosper. We look forward to seeing the government carry through on its commitment to better protect intellectual property rights."

Over the past several years, BSA has worked closely with its counterparts in the recording, motion picture, book publishing, and videogame industries in a collaborative effort to promote copyright reform and modernization in Canada. BSA will continue working with these industries to ensure Canada's copyright laws reflect the realities of the digital marketplace and protect the intellectual property rights of the software industry.

"We will study the bill in detail over the coming weeks, and anticipate working with legislators to ensure that Canada's copyright law is ready to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century," added Murphy.

About BSA

The Business Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the foremost organization dedicated to promoting a safe and legal digital world. BSA is the voice of the world's commercial software industry and its hardware partners before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members represent one of the fastest growing industries in the world. BSA programs foster technology innovation through education and policy initiatives that promote copyright protection, cyber security, trade and e-commerce. BSA members include Adobe, Altium, Apple, Autodesk, Aveva, Bentley Systems, Corel, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation, Microsoft, Minitab, Progress Software, Quark, Quest Software, Rosetta Stone, Siemens, Sybase, Symantec, and The MathWorks.

SOURCE BSA | The Software Alliance

For further information: For further information: Melita Vega, (416) 413-4743, melita.vega@hillandknowlton.ca

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