Software Industry Praises Federal Government Plans to Modernize Canadian Copyright Act

    Modern Copyright Legislation Critical to Secure Canada's Digital Economy,
    BSA Says

    TORONTO, June 12 /CNW/ - The Business Software Alliance (BSA), the voice
of the world's commercial software industry, praised the federal government
today for tabling legislation aimed at modernizing Canada's copyright laws for
the digital age.
    "We commend the government for taking this important and necessary step
to carry through on its Throne Speech commitment to better protect
intellectual property rights," said Michael Murphy, Chair of the BSA Committee
in Canada. "Bringing Canada's copyright laws into the digital era is essential
to safeguarding the future of Canada's software industry so it can continue to
    Reducing Canada's software piracy rate by 10 percentage points over the
next four years could create 5,200 new high paying jobs, $875 million in tax
revenues and $2.7 billion in spending in the local IT sector by 2011,
according to a study(*) issued by BSA earlier this year
    Over the past several years, BSA has worked closely with its counterparts
in the recording, motion picture, book publishing, and videogame industries in
a collaborative effort to promote copyright reform in Canada. BSA will
continue working with these industries to ensure Canada's copyright laws
reflect the realities of the digital marketplace and protect the intellectual
property rights of the software industry.
    "The tabling of this new legislation represents a significant,
long-awaited step forward for Canada's creative community and all Canadians
whose jobs depend on copyright-based industries," said Murphy. "We are
studying the bill carefully, and look forward to working with the relevant
committees in the House of Commons to ensure that Canada's copyright law
remains a vital tool for promoting innovation in the digital age."

    About BSA

    The Business Software Alliance, formerly known in Canada as the Canadian
Alliance Against Software Theft, is the foremost organization dedicated to
promoting a safe and legal digital world. BSA is the voice of the world's
commercial software industry and its hardware partners before governments and
in the international marketplace. Its members represent the fastest growing
industry in the world. Working with its partners in Canada and other countries
worldwide, BSA educates consumers on software management and copyright
protection, cyber security, trade, e-commerce and other Internet-related
issues. BSA member companies in Canada include Adobe Systems, Apple, Autodesk,
Avid, Bentley Systems, Borland, CNC Software/Mastercam, Microsoft, Mindjet,
McAfee, Monotype Imaging, PTC, Siemens PLM, SolidWorks, Sybase, Symantec, and
The MathWorks.
    Company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

    (*) Economic Impact Study conducted by IDC for the Business Software
        Alliance, released January 2008

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