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Policy Briefing: Communications & Intellectual Property

Canada’s future depends on being a leader in global digital economy, says Clement

Industry Minister Tony Clement says he wants to be sure that Canadian creators and consumers have the tools they need to keep Canada competitive internationally and our government is meeting that challenge.
Canadians care deeply about copyright and are determined to have their views reflected in government policy. When a copyright bill is unveiled, Canadians will be paying close attention.
Is progressive copyright legislation possible? Certainly. Will it be easy? Certainly not.
With all the pressure for federal action on copyright reform, the government would rather not touch it. There are too many players pushing in too many directions. Copyright policy was forever messy. Now it's getting messier.
Stakeholders say they hope the forthcoming legislation will finally modernize country's copyright law.
The opportunities of the digital world are remarkable, and Canada can and should stand on the leading edge of the digital revolution.
It is time once again for a judicially led commission to solve some the difficult problems now facing Canadian collectives and the Copyright Board that others, including the Board itself, seem unable or unwilling to confront.
We need to consider process in copyright reform, copyright within IP (and other areas of law); and substance in simplicity. The Copyright Act should not and was not meant to do it all and fix the entire kitchen sink. We should be less demanding of all the

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