Canadian Intellectual Property Council pleased with introduction of copyright bill

    OTTAWA, June 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Intellectual Property Council
is pleased to support the overall principles of Bill C-61 that will update
domestic laws and bring Canada in line with other leading nations who have
adopted the World Intellectual Property Protection Organization (WIPO)
Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty.
    Launched on May 26, 2008, the CIPC's mission is to promote an improved
environment in Canada for businesses engaged in innovation and intellectual
property by raising the profile of intellectual property rights among key
policy makers in the government and with the general public, and in turn,
transform Canada's reputation as a country that supports innovation.
    "Today's amendments to the Copyright Act are welcomed by the CIPC, stated
John Peller, Honorary Chair of the CIPC. We look forward to being able to
provide more comment on the substance of the Bill as it makes its way through
the parliamentary system." Peller added.
    It is also essential that the federal government strengthen the current
legislative framework by: clearly stipulating trade-mark counterfeiting as a
specific criminal offence under the Trade-marks Act; amending the Criminal
Code to criminalize intentional possession of counterfeit goods for the
purpose of sale. Law enforcement agencies and prosecutors also need better
laws that provide a greater ability to combat product counterfeiting and
piracy. Customs officials need to have new powers, and the associated
additional resources, to search suspected shipments for counterfeit goods at
the border and to communicate with intellectual property rights holders to
allow for effective criminal, civil and/or administrative enforcement and
deterrence against distribution of counterfeit and pirated products.
    One of the main recommendations of the CIPC is the implementation of
these WIPO treaties. This move today by the government should help curtail
internet piracy", said Peller.

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