Canadian Politicians Clarified Positions on CopyrightAdded: Saturday, April 30th, 2011
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May 2nd is the day for Canadians to head to the polls. Meanwhile, the positions of many political parties on copyright can be quite muddied sometimes, so the country’s political parties were asked about their attitude to arts and copyright.
Those Canadians who are concerned over copyright would be interested in results of the survey done among political parties by the country’s Conference of the Arts (CCA). Within the survey, the Bloc, Conservative, Green, Liberal and NDP parties were questioned about the arts in country. Actually, the Conservative party refused to answer any questions, which leaves us with the Liberal, NDP, Bloc and Green parties that provided a few curious comments.
In response to the question of when the party is going to offer amendments to the Copyright Act, the Bloc answered that in case Bill C-32 is introduced in its current form, they would try to balance the legislation by proposing amendments during the committee’s study. Quite a vague answer, isn’t it? Meanwhile, the Liberals’ answer to the same question was more informative. They cited the results of the studies proving that the country’s outdated Copyright Act leads to the major economic loss of almost 1 billion dollars last year. As this loss was claimed to be due to piracy, the Liberal Party promised to start developing a modernized copyright legislation right away, calling the present Bill C-32 “unbalanced and unfair”.
The Liberal Party also promised to present a technology-neutral copyright law, which will be able to balance the needs of rights owners and consumers. The proposed bill will also reflect the principle that the content creators should be compensated for their work. Indeed, during the debate on copyright legislation in the last Parliament, the Liberal Party was the one who suggested a practical solution to compensate the content creators through a private copying compensation fund instead of a levy.
As for the NDP, they just said that the New Democrat team plans to modernize the country’s copyright regime within a year of taking office.
If you are interested in the full responses on the topic, they are all available at the CCA website. Overall, such parties as the Liberals and the Bloc tend to DMCA-style approach to copyright, with the Bloc going as far as to say that broadband providers should be liable for copyright violation. Think twice before going to election!
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