Canadian Creator and Music Industry Groups Applaud Introduction of Copyright Bill



    Eight organizations representing more than 36,000 Canadian creators and
    enterprises thank government for recognizing the need for reforms

    TORONTO, June 12 /CNW/ - A broad coalition of Canadian creator and music
industry organizations today applauded the introduction of copyright reform
legislation by the federal government.
    The eight groups, which represent approximately 21,000 professional
performers and 15,000 musicians in Canada, Canadian artist managers, music
publishers, music retailers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers of
musical instruments, and record labels of all sizes, jointly thanked the
government for recognizing the need for copyright reforms.
    The organizations are united in seeking balanced legislative measures
that better protect the rights of artists, songwriters and other rights
holders in today's digital world while also respecting the needs of consumers
to fully enjoy music and other digital products that they have legally
acquired.
    Copyright reforms sought by the organizations should reflect the right of
creators to earn a living from sales of their work, and to be protected from
theft and unauthorized use of their property over the Internet. At the same
time, Canadian consumers deserve a wider array of choices to obtain and enjoy
digital music, in line with the choices available in other countries where
modern copyright rules are in place, along with flexibility in how the music
they buy is enjoyed.
    The organizations have long sought a legal framework for these rights in
accordance with the 1997 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Internet treaties, to which Canada is a signatory. Such a framework would put
Canada on a level playing field with its major trading partners throughout
Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America.
    The organizations also recognize that, in today's global information
economy, properly implemented copyright reforms are essential to innovation
and Canada's future economic prosperity. Underlying this is the economic
principle that people will be more likely to invest the time and money
required for innovation, from cutting edge software to new online distribution
models, if they can be confident their rights to those innovations are
adequately protected.
    To maximize the benefits for all parties - consumers, creators,
businesses and other stakeholders - the legislation must provide clear rules
so that all Canadians can understand what is acceptable on the Internet and
other digital media.
    The organizations supporting these principles include the Alliance of
Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), American Federation of
Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM Canada), Canadian Independent
Record Production Association (CIRPA), Canadian Music Publishers Association
(CMPA), Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA), Music Industries
Association of Canada (MIAC), Music Managers Forum Canada (MMF) and the Retail
Music Association of Canada (RMAC).

    About the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists

    ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the
national organization of professional performers working in the
English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of
21,000 members across Canada - the foundation of Canada's highly acclaimed
professional performing community.

    About the American Federation of Musicians of United States and Canada

    The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM
Canada) is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of
professional musicians, with approximately 15,000 members in Canada. AFM
Canada is committed to raising industry standards and placing the professional
musician in the foreground of the cultural landscape.

    About the Canadian Independent Record Production Association

    The Canadian Independent Record Production Association (CIRPA) is the
trade organization representing the independent sector of the Canadian music
and sound recording industry. For 30 years CIRPA has been the collective voice
of independent music in English-speaking Canada.

    About the Canadian Music Publishers Association

    Since 1949 the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) has ensured
the views of music publishers working in Canada and its members are heard. It
is our mission to promote the interests of music publishers and their
songwriting partners through advocacy, communication, and education.

    About the Canadian Recording Industry Association

    The Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) promotes the interests
of Canadian record companies.

    About the Music Industries Association of Canada

    The Music Industries Association of Canada (MIAC) is a national,
non-profit, trade association representing Canadian manufacturers,
distributors and retailers of musical instruments and accessories, keyboards,
sound reinforcement products and published music.

    About Music Managers Forum Canada

    The Music Managers Forum (MMF) is an international not-for-profit
association that was founded in 1992 in the U.K. Its formation was intended to
give managers an opportunity to discuss, educate each other and create a
much-needed voice within the industry. Inspired by the UK example, the MMF
Canada was launched as an ad-hoc organization in 1994, and was federally
incorporated as a not-for-profit association in 2000.

    About the Retail Music Association of Canada

    The Retail Music Association of Canada (RMAC) is a non-profit trade
association founded in 1985. Its member companies represent the retailers,
wholesalers and distributors of pre-recorded music in Canada.





For further information:

For further information: Brad Keenan, ACTRA, (416) 489-1311,
bkeenan@actra.ca; Duncan McKie, CIRPA, (416) 485-3152 x232, duncan@cirpa.ca;
Brian Hetherman, Music Managers Forum, (416) 596-6793,
brian@cerberusartists.com; Humphrey Kadaner, RMAC, (416) 620-4470,
hkadaner@hmv.ca; Alan Willaert, AFM, (416) 391-5161, ircan@afm.org; Catharine
Saxberg, CMPA, (416) 926-7952, csaxberg@musicpublishing.ca; Don Hogarth (for
CRIA), (416) 967-7272, don@hogarthpr.com; Al Kowalenko, MIAC, (416) 490-1871
ext.102, al@miac.net

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