Consultations Announcement Notice

(Received via email)

The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry and the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages launched nation-wide consultations today, to solicit Canadians’ opinions on the important issue of copyright reform.

The Government of Canada has committed to modernizing Canada’s copyright laws, to provide meaningful rights for creators and promote the use of digital technology by its citizens. We are consulting to ensure that all perspectives are taken into account in an open and transparent process, to help deliver new legislation in the Fall that is forward-looking, reflects Canadian values, and strengthens Canada’s ability to compete in the global digital economy.

The consultations will run between July 20th and September 13th, 2009, and will include a number of different avenues for listening to your views – notably, an online discussion forum as well as a website for posting more detailed submissions, both hosted on the consultations website (www.copyrightconsultation.ca.)

Two webcast town halls, one in Montreal and one in Toronto, will offer opportunities for live and online participation in real time. For more information on the town halls, and how you can get involved, visit www.copyrightconsultation.ca.

In addition, a number of roundtables will be conducted across the country, starting in Vancouver on July 20th, 2009. Given the time and space limitations, we regret that not everyone will be able to actively participate in this part of the consultations. Those selected to participate in the roundtables will be contacted directly.

We want to hear what you have to say about the issue, and we want to ensure that all Canadians have the opportunity to join in the discussion of the different ideas and views that will be raised over the course of the consultations – for this reason, all consultation activities, whether presented online, during a roundtable, or via the webcast town hall, will be made accessible to the public.

We encourage you to participate in one or all of the avenues available to you – we see this as an important opportunity to hear directly from you – we hope that you will join us, and other Canadians, in making these consultations meaningful and productive.

For further information, please visit www.copyrightconsultation.ca.