OTTAWA, Sept. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is
pleased that the government has acted quickly to re-introduce copyright
legislation in the House of Commons. Many companies, big and small,
rely on the protection of intellectual property (IP) rights to maintain
their businesses in Canada.
Updated copyright legislation will bring Canada more in line with other
leading nations and establish guidelines for those who download and
file share in the Internet. Properly applied, intellectual property
rights drive job creation, economic growth and innovation.
"IP is the economic currency of the future. By defining and better
protecting IP rights, we will continue to develop a marketplace that
rewards investments in innovation and creation. This bill will help
foster new business models that will lead to stronger economic growth
in Canada" stated Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian
Chamber of Commerce.
"While the Canadian Chamber supports the principles behind this
copyright legislation, improvements still need to be made to the bill.
As currently drafted, the bill still contains some possible unintended
consequences that could prove problematic for business. We look forward
to a rigorous review of the bill at committee stage that will make sure
that it achieves the purposes for which it is designed," Beatty added.
Bill C-11 will implement the provisions of the World Intellectual
Property Protection Organization (WIPO) Copyright Treaty and the WIPO
Performances and Phonograms Treaty. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce
endorses the ratification of these treaties, which were signed by
Canada more than a decade ago, and supports a made-in-Canada approach.
The passage of Bill C-11 will improve digital IP safeguards. Other
measures, including enhanced border protection against counterfeit
goods and an updated patent regime, are also needed and the Canadian
Chamber will continue to press for these safeguards for businesses in
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the vital connection between
business and the federal government. It helps shape public policy and
decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families
across Canada with a network of over 420 chambers of commerce and
boards of trade, representing 192,000 businesses of all sizes in all
sectors of the economy and in all regions. News and information are
available at www.chamber.ca or follow us on Twitter @CdnChamberofCom.
SOURCE Canadian Chamber of Commerce, The
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