Independent production sector applauds government action on copyright



    Producers say that time has come to modernize Canada's copyright law

    TORONTO, June 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Film and Television
Production Association (CFTPA) welcomed the federal government's decision to
move forward with new copyright legislation, tabled in the House of Commons
earlier today.
    "The government has clearly recognized the need to modernize the
Copyright Act," said CFTPA President and CEO Guy Mayson. "It has been over a
decade since Canada signed the WIPO copyright treaties, and the time had
definitely come to update our own legislation to ensure that it was consistent
with the treaties' provisions."
    As one of the country's leading innovators in content creation, Canada's
independent production sector depends on having modern copyright legislation
that is adapted to the digital age, said Mayson.
    While noting that it would take some time to analyze the bill's proposed
provisions, CFTPA Chair Sandra Cunningham congratulated the government for
taking action on what has become a highly contentious file.
    "The government has consistently stated that updating Canada's copyright
law requires balancing the needs of content creators and users. We will be
reviewing the proposed legislation in that light, and will convey to the
government any concerns that we may have" said Cunningham.
    "In the meantime, what is important from our perspective is that the
dialog about copyright will no longer take place in a vacuum. For the first
time in years, all sides in the copyright debate will be able to weigh the
merits of substantive legislative provisions and determine whether the
proposed bill is moving the country in the right direction. That in itself is
progress."

    The CFTPA is a non-profit trade organization that works on behalf of
almost 400 companies engaged in the production and distribution of
English-language television programs, feature films, and interactive media
products in all regions of Canada. The CFTPA promotes the general interests of
members provincially, federally, and internationally; negotiates and manages
labour agreements with guilds and unions; administers copyright collectives;
trains new industry entrants through several national internship programs; and
undertakes a number of other specific initiatives that help increase awareness
and enhance communication within the Canadian and international production
communities.




For further information:

For further information: John Barrack, National Executive Vice-President
and Counsel, CFTPA, (416) 304-0280, ext. 227; Reynolds Mastin, Associate
Counsel, CFTPA, (416) 304-0280, ext. 225

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