Heritage Minister Bev Oda replies to letter about orphaned works.

The following is a letter from Bev Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women. It is dated March 13, 2007, in reply to a letter sent February 2, 2007.

Dear Mr. McOrmond:

Thank you for your correspondence of February 2, 2007, co-addressed to various Members of Parliament, regarding copyright reform in Canada.

I appreciate your further advising me of your views and have carefully noted your comments with respect to this matter. Please be assured that Department of Canadian Heritage are aware of and are monitoring the ongoing study of the orphan works issue in the United States of America. As outlines in your correspondence, the Copyright Act of Canada already has a mechanism for individuals who want to make use of works whose copyright owners cannot be located to obtain proper authorization. I welcome your views on the efficacy of this current mechanism as well as your proposal for a copyright registration and renewal system. Comments such as yours are vital to help the Government of Canada to shape the scope and direction of future copyright reform initiatives and priorities.

The cultural policy objectives of the Copyright Act are to ensure adequate protection for creators and cultural content as well as appropriate access for all Canadians to cultural works. The Government is committed to ensuring that the rights of Canadian creators are adequately protected by law and that these rights are balanced with the ability of the public to access works. Your ongoing interest in copyright reform is appreciated.

Please accept my best wishes.

Yours sincerely,

Bev Oda, P.C., M.P.

c.c.: Mr. Charlie Angus, M.P.
Ms. Tina Keeper, M.P.
Mr. Maka Kotto, M.P.
Mr. David McGuinty, M.P.