OTTAWA, June 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadian private broadcasters congratulate the Ministers of Industry and Canadian Heritage on the copyright bill released yesterday. The rapid pace of technological change spanning a broad spectrum of stakeholders and issues has made amending the Copyright Act a challenging task. This new bill aims to strike an important balance between the interests of creators, users and intermediaries, and demonstrates that this Government is committed to modernizing Canada's copyright laws to make them work in a digital economy.
This bill takes some steps in the right direction. Private broadcasters have been calling for changes to the Copyright Act that would encourage innovation, create jobs and facilitate the growth and development of the industry.
In particular, the inclusion of a reproduction right exception for broadcasters is seen as a solid first step for the industry in recognizing that transferring content from one medium to another should not attract additional liability. Broadcasters would like to see further streamlining of the Copyright Act to reduce the layering and complexity of payments. In the coming weeks, we intend to carefully assess the complex and sweeping changes proposed in this bill.
Sent on behalf of Canada's Private Broadcasters
Canada's Private Broadcasters Aboriginal Peoples Television Network Acadia Broadcasting Limited Asian Television Network International Ltd. Astral Media Inc. Atlantic Broadcasting Limited Bayshore Broadcasting Bear Creek Broadcasting Bel-Roc Communications Inc. Blackburn Radio Inc. Byrnes Media CAB-K Broadcasting Ltd. Canadian Hellenic Cable Radio Ltd. Canadian Multicultural Radio CanWest Media Works CFMB Limited Channel Zero Inc. CIBM-FM Mont Bleu Ltée CIRC Radio Inc. CJRN 710 Inc. CJSD Incorporated Cogéco Diffusion Inc. Corus Entertainment Inc. Crossroads Television System CTVglobemedia Dauphin Broadcasting Diffusion Laval Inc. Fabmar Communications Ltd. Fairchild Radio Group Ltd. Fairchild Television Ltd. Gestion Appalaches Inc. Glassbox Television Inc. Haliburton Broadcasting Group Inc. Harvard Broadcasting Insight Sports Ltd. Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Klondike Broadcasting Company Inc. L.A. Radio Group Inc. Larche Communications Inc. LE5 Communications Inc. MacEachern Broadcasting Inc. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Inc. Milestone Radio Inc. National Broadcast Reading Service NewCap Inc. Newfoundland Broadcasting Co. Ltd. Norcom Telecommunications Ltd. Northwestern Radio Partnership Northwoods Broadcasting Limited Peace River Broadcasting Corp. Pelmorex Media Inc. Quinte Broadcasting Co. Ltd. Radio Beauce Inc. Radio CJFP (1986) Ltee Radio CJLS Limited Radio Dégelis Inc. Radiocorp Ltd. Radio Témiscamingue Inc. Ramparts de Québec Rawlco Radio Ltd. Rogers Broadcasting Limited RNC Media Inc. Saskatoon Media Group Score Media Inc. Sonème Inc. South Asian Broadcasting Corp. Inc. Stillwater Broadcasting Ltd. S-Vox Télè Inter-Rives ltd. The Fight Network Thunder Bay Electronics Tiessen Media Inc. TQS Inc. TV5 Quebec Canada United Christian Broadcasters Group Vista Group Vu! Bell ExpressVu Westman Communications Group Westwave Broadcasting Inc. Whiteoaks Communications Group Wild TV Inc. Woodbine Entertainment Group World Impact Ministries
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