OTTAWA, June 3 /CNW/ - A coalition of Canada's leading
telecommunications, retail, Internet and technology companies and
organizations is encouraged that the federal government has taken a
common sense, balanced approach in the draft copyright legislation, the Copyright
Modernization Act, tabled in Parliament yesterday.
The members of the Business Coalition for Balanced Copyright (BCBC)
agree that the Copyright Act amendments in Bill C-32 are a positive step
towards modernizing Canada's copyright laws to account for new
technologies that have fundamentally changed how consumers obtain and
use digital works, ranging from music to software. The draft
legislation tries to achieve a balance reflecting the interests of
consumers and content users, creators and those who distribute and
create the tools - like computers - for consumers to use the content.
The legislation recognizes that consumers now regularly move content
between platforms for legitimate use - such as moving a song from a
computer to MP3 player - and allows for such 'format-shifting.' It
would also allow consumers to legally record or 'time-shift' television
programs with a personal video recorder (PVR) for viewing at a more
convenient time, and opens the door to the use of new technologies such
as network PVRs. At the same time, the bill makes clear that
unauthorized sharing of movies, music and software over the Internet
constitutes copyright infringement and remains illegal. The bill
recognizes the appropriate role of search engines and Internet service
providers (ISPs) by clarifying that they are not responsible for
copyright infringement committed by their customers and by limiting the
extent of their obligations to assist rights-holders in the enforcement
of online rights. It also wisely does not extend the "private copying
levy" to consumer electronics such as MP3 players and smartphones.
However, BCBC members agree that some parts of the legislation unfairly
restrict consumer freedom and need to be revised before being passed by
Parliament such as the inability to circumvent digital locks for private
use. BCBC members look forward to participating in a Parliamentary
review process to address such issues.
The BCBC is a coalition of telecommunications, retail, Internet and
technology companies and organizations interested in the ongoing
development and modernization of Canada's Copyright Act. Members of the
Canadian Association of Internet Providers, a division of CATAalliance
Canadian Cable Systems Alliance (CCSA)
Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA)
Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA)
MTS Allstream Inc.
Retail Council of Canada
Rogers Communications Inc.
TELUS Communications Company
SOURCE BUSINESS COALITION FOR BALANCED COPYRIGHT (BCBC)
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For contact info for individual BCBC members, please address your inquiries to:
Gerald (Jay) Kerr-Wilson
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP