Posted September 29, 2011
September 29, 2011. Ottawa. The Information Technology Association of Canada, the national association of Canada’s information and communications technology (ICT) industry, commends the government for re-introducing “An Act to Amend the Copyright Act” (now Bill C-11,) in Parliament today.
ICT is a fundamental enabler of any successful modern economy, and ITAC has been a central player in efforts to create a digital economy strategy for Canada and make Canada a world-leading digital economy. We believe this strategy must include a copyright regime that reflects the realities of the digital age.
“ITAC believes that Bill C-11 contains the right elements for a balanced copyright regime”, said Karna Gupta, ITAC President and CEO. “We expect that the Bill will generate controversy and even aggressive positions and comments, but have concluded that these criticisms do not justify a re-work of the principles of the Bill.”
ITAC is pleased that the Bill will be referred to committee for hearings, and looks forward to an opportunity to provide industry input. What is needed and what, in our view, is entirely achievable, is relatively minor rewording of specific sections to ensure that they achieve what is intended without generating unintended consequences.
ITAC supports the government's continued commitment to a balanced approach, recognizing the diversity of interests that need to be served. Without proper compensation and protection for creators, innovators and rights owners, the development of creative and innovative work will be stunted. Meanwhile, if customers are not able to derive full value from what they buy, Canada will not realize the revenue potential that will fund the creators, innovators and other participants in the supply chain.
“With every year that passes, the importance of modern copyright legislation increases. Commercial revenues from music downloading are booming, digital books are taking the market by storm and software and computing are being sold as digital services. Canada absolutely needs modern copyright legislation that clearly sets out the rules for rights owners and consumers,” Mr. Gupta said.
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For further information, please contact:
Senior Vice President, ITAC
(613) 238-4822 ext. 2239