Canadian Artists Stump For Tougher Copyright Laws
January 22, 2008 at 12:36 PM (PT)
In anticipation of a new federal copyright law in CANADA, an alliance representing writers, musicians and actors has released a platform detailing what they think is best for CANADIAN artists, reports THE NATIONAL POST. The CREATORS COPYRIGHT COALITION's report, released MONDAY, calls for artists to be given the sole right "to produce or reproduce the work or any substantial part thereof in any material form" and "to transfer the work or any substantial part thereof to another medium."
The group, which includes the WRITERS GUILD OF CANADA and THE ALLIANCE OF CANADIAN CINEMA, TELEVISION AND RADIO ARTISTS, also wants Internet service providers to "share in the responsibility" for their online content, and to "share liability" when copyright infringement occurs on their networks. "Creators have been waiting far too long for copyright reform.It is time to protect the rights of all authors and performers in the Internet age," Coalition Chair BILL FREEMAN said in a statement.
The government's new copyright law proposal was expected to be introduced before the new year, but was stalled by protests and concerns from various interest groups.