Canadian Authors Association Praises Standing Committee Report for Protecting Authors’ Rights

Canadian Authors Association National Chair Margaret Hume praised Shifting Paradigms, the report tabled yesterday by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.

The report affirms the importance of creators’ right to protection of, and remuneration for, their work.

“It is extremely gratifying that the Report’s concluding words acknowledge ‘that the continued creation of Canadian content depends on adequate remuneration for those who create it’.”

CAA’s written submissions to the Standing Committee included recommendations on the following issues:
– Extension of copyright term to 70 years, harmonizing with international norms
– Ensuring that creators benefit from digital uses of their works
– Clarification and limitation on the Act’s education fair dealing exemption

Each of these points was addressed in the Standing Committee’s report.

“We urge the federal government to establish legislation as soon as possible to better protect creators’ rights for the benefit of artists and consumers across Canada,” says Hume. 

The following specific recommendations respond to concerns stated in CAA’s written brief: 
Recommendation 1 That the Government of Canada increase its support for creators and creative industries in adapting to new digital markets.
Recommendation 6 That the Government of Canada increase its efforts to combat piracy and enforce copyright.
Recommendation 7 That the Government of Canada pursue its commitment to implement the extension of copyright from 50 to 70 years after the author’s death.
Recommendation 12 That the Government of Canada review, clarify and/or remove exceptions contained in the Copyright Act, ensuring that any exception respects section 9 of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, to which Canada is a signatory.
Recommendation 13 That the Government of Canada meet international treaty obligations (including Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement, and World Intellectual Property Organization Copyright Treaty).
Recommendation 18 That the Government of Canada amend the Act to clarify that fair dealing should not apply to educational institutions when the work is commercially available.
Recommendation 19 That the Government of Canada promote a return to licensing through collective societies. 

If the federal government implements these and the other 16 recommendations of the Heritage Canada Standing Committee, the Canadian creative community will be greatly strengthened. CAA notes that another report resulting from the statutory review of the Copyright Modernization Act is expected, the second one to be issued by the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.

CAA calls on its members and all Canadian creators to contact their Members of Parliament to voice their support for the Committee’s recommendations. 
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Founded in 1921, Canadian Authors Association is Canada’s first and longest-running national writers’ organization and has played an integral role in forging the country’s literary history. Today the association continues to offer resources, learning opportunities, networking and a special brand of community to writers at all stages of their careers. For general information about the association, visit https://canadianauthors.org/national/  

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