A message from Ministers Tony Clement and James Moore about the modernization of copyright legislation

(Via Email, English version copied here)

We are pleased to inform you that the Government of Canada has introduced legislation to modernize the Copyright Act,bringing it up-to-date with the advances of the digital age.

This legislation will bring Canada in line with international standards and promote home-grown innovation and creativity. It is a fair, balanced, and
common-sense approach, respecting both the rights of creators and the interests of consumers in a modern marketplace. The Government of Canada is working to secure Canada’s place as a leader in the digital economy and to promote a more prosperous and competitive Canada.

The popularity of Web 2.0, social media, and new technologies such as the MP3 player and digital books have changed the way Canadians create and make use of copyrighted material. This bill recognizes the many new ways in which teachers, students, artists, software companies, consumers, families, copyright owners and many others use technology. It gives creators and copyright owners the tools to protect their work and grow their business models. It provides clearer rules that will enable all Canadians to fully participate in the digital economy, now and into the future.

For more information, please visit www.balancedcopyright.gc.ca.


The Honourable Tony Clement, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Industry

The Honourable James Moore, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

(See attached file: Bill.pdf)

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