Broad Divisions Between Political Parties on Copyright Issues Impacting Canadian Musicians

    TORONTO, Oct. 8 /CNW/ - The Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC)
today released the results of a survey sent to all five major federal
political parties, asking each party for its views on issues related to
Canada's private copying regime. These results will be of interest to all
copyright owners, including the approximately 97,000 rights holders who have
received private copying levies, in order to inform their decision-making as
to how they vote in the October 14th federal general election.
    The CPCC received responses from four of the five political parties, with
only the Conservative Party failing to participate. The responses submitted by
each party can be found below.
    "The Canadian Private Copying Collective believes that rights holders
deserve fair compensation for the work they create, and that the best way to
achieve this is through the preservation and extension of the private copying
levy," said CPCC Chair Annie Morin. "I am pleased to note that the New
Democratic Party, the Bloc Québécois and the Liberal Party have all expressed
support for fair compensation to rights holders. The commitment of the NDP and
the Bloc to extending the private copying levy to digital audio recorders will
be especially welcomed by rights holders."
    "The Green Party position, which calls for the private copying levy to be
eliminated, would do irreparable damage to the rights holders we represent.
Although the Conservative Party failed to respond to our survey, they have
been clear, in their most recent policy statement, that they favour the
elimination of the private copying levy. Moreover, in the recent legislative
changes proposed by the Conservative government to the Copyright Act, fair
compensation for rights holders in the new digital environment was not
addressed. In the absence of a response by the Conservatives to our survey,
there is no reason to believe their position has changed during this election
campaign," concluded Annie Morin.

    The CPCC is the non-profit agency charged with collecting and
distributing private copying royalties. Established in 1999, the CPCC is a
collective of collectives that represent songwriters, composers, music
publishers, recording artists, musicians and record companies.

For further information:

For further information: Alison Thompson, CPCC, tel. (416) 486-6832, ex.
221, email:

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