Letter from the Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages. Dated November 15, 2007, in reply to a letter sent on 21 Aug 2007.
Dear Mr. McOrmond:
I am replying to your correspondence addressed to the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, and co-addressed to the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry, regarding copyright reform in Canada.
Ms. Verner is grateful for your kind words of congratulation on her appointment as Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages. She appreciated your advising her on your views on copyright with respect to information technology and has noted your comments. The Minister regrets that she is unable to meet with you; however, she has asked Mr. Jean-Paul Boulay, Director of Policy Development, Copyright Policy Branch, to meet with you to further discuss the issues that you have raised. I invite you to contact him at 613-990-6254 to schedule a meeting.
The Government of Canada, led by the Minister of Industry and the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, is working toward bringing Canadian copyright policy into conformity with the World Intellectual Property Organization Internet Treaties.
Please be assured that the Government takes your concerns very seriously. Mr. Prentice and Ms. Verner are aware of the sensitive nature of issues regarding copyright in the digital context. These are complex issues and the Government is continuing to consider the concerns of all Canadians.
The cultural policy objective of the Copyright Act is to ensure adequate protection for creators and cultural content as well as appropriate access for all Canadians to cultural works.
Government officials continue to monitor developments around the world. The Government wants to ensure 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.
I trust that this information is useful. Please accept my best wishes.
Senior Policy Advisor
c.c.: The Honourable Jim Prentice, P.C., M.P.