Reply from Heritage Ministers office: Clarify Statement attributed to the Minister

The Ministerial Correspondence Secretariat has sent the attachment letter to me. The quote being clarified is the one published by many media outlets about a statement made by the Minister in Winnipeg for the Juno festivities.

Frulla expressed her intention to toughen Canada's "antiquated" intellectual property laws through proposed new copyright legislation to be tabled in June.

"We'll also be addressing the peer-to-peer issue," Frulla told the Winnipeg Free Press Sunday. "It will give the tools to companies and authors to sue."

CBC Arts: Frulla promotes tougher copyright laws, 04 Apr 2005.

See also: p2pnet: Frulla on 'antiquated' IP laws

The reply follows:

Mr. Russell McOrmond

305 Southcrest Private

Ottawa, Ontario

K1V 2B7 (Dated: Jun 13, 2005)

Dear Mr. McOrmond:

I am writing in response to your correspondence and accompanying documentation to the Honourable Liza Frulla, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Status of Women, regarding copyright reform. Your correspondence to the Honourable Reg Alcock, President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board, and the Honourable Mauril Bélanger, Minister for Internal Trade, Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Minister responsible for Official Languages and Associate Minister of National Defense, on this subject has also been brought
to the attention of the Minister.

Ms. Frulla appreciates your advising her of your views and has noted your comments with respect to this matter. I would like to clarify a statement attributed to the Minister to which you refer in your correspondence. What she said, and what remains the case, is that the Government would make sure that the Copyright Act would provide the necessary tools to rights holders to prevent unauthorized file sharing of protected works, whether through P2P software or otherwise. Should this require clarification of the law, the Government is prepared to clarify and even strengthen the law to ensure that the rights are clear to everyone and that remedies are readily available should infringement occur.

There exists a very diverse and divergent range of views concerning copyright. In developing copyright policy, the Government of Canada has to take all views into account, while conforming to international obligations. With respect to the copyright reform process, Canadians have had ample opportunity to make their views known. I understand that you have taken advantage of this opportunity and that your comments have appeared on the Department of Canadian Heritage Web site. Please be assured that departmental officials have taken into consideration your views as well as those of others, including decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada, in the development of copyright policy.


Further information on the copyright reform process is available on-line at .

I trust that this information is useful. Please accept my best wishes.

Yours sincerely,

Luc Rouleau
Ministerial Correspondence Secretariat

c.c.: The Honourable Reg Alcock, P.C., M.P.

The Honourable David Emerson, P.C., M.P.

The Honourable Mauril Bélanger, P.C., M.P.

Mr. Charlie Angus, M.P.

Mr. Paul Crête, M.P.

Mr. Maka Kotto, M.P.

Mr. Brian Masse, M.P.

Mr. David McGuinty, M.P.

Ms. Bev Oda, M.P.

Mr. James Rajotte, M.P.