TORONTO, Feb. 8, 2012 /CNW/ - The Motion Picture Theatre Associations of Canada (MPTAC) today applauded the Federal Government for making copyright a priority by pressing forward with Bill C-11, the Copyright Modernization Act, so that it may be reviewed by the Legislative Committee.
More than one million Canadians are estimated to owe their jobs - directly or indirectly - to creative industries. MPTAC comprises theatre owners, both independent and chains which represent over 3,000 screens across the country and employ over 13,000 individuals.
The long overdue copyright bill aims to fight copyright piracy, protect rights owners, and promote creativity, innovation and legitimate business models.
"The objectives of Bill C-11 are of vital interest to our theatres in Canada and the significant number of people employed at these theatres," said Raffaele Papalia, Chairman of the Board of MPTAC and a Director of the Association Des Proprietaires De Cinemas Du Quebec. "We look forward to working with the Committee to adopt the technical fixes that the legislation needs to effectively fight digital theft and protect our businesses and employees across the country."
MPTAC supports an effective, modern copyright framework consistent with international best practices. Our digital laws must establish clear rules to make on-line piracy illegal, discourage the illicit distribution of creative content online, and support an innovative and legitimate digital marketplace.
The Motion Picture Theatre Associations of Canada (MPTAC) is a national non-profit association representing movie theatre owners across the country. The Association's goal is to forward and promote the welfare of movie theatre exhibition in Canada.
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