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Policy Briefing: Media and Copyright

Canada’s digital economy strategy looks to tap into growing digital media industry


Industry says government needs to celebrate success stories, market the sector internationally.

Access Copyright cries foul over broad educational fair-dealing provisions, but educators say collective clings to outdated business model.
The bill will also deprive artists of millions of dollars as revenue streams, such as payments for ephemeral rights, are ended.  When unilateral changes like this are made, it only makes sense for the government to provide some transitional funding to help artists adapt. 
Users need to be encouraged to use their rights, and not made afraid to do so. ‘Fair’ dealing in copyright is about freedom, and not about fear. It should not be an ‘F word.’
CBC president Hubert Lacroix says the CBC will stick to its plan to improve prime-time programming, enhance regional services and invest in digital content and services.
Consumer freedoms undermined by ‘world’s strictest’ digital lock protections, critics charge.
While the government has framed Bill C-11 as a policy effort to strike the right copyright balance, a crucial question in light of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s emphasis on the Canadian economy is whether the bill uses the flexibility at international law to establish a competitive advantage when compared to our trading partners.
Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart says that under the Privacy Act, individuals have the right to know that information about their online habits is being collected, and how that information will be used.
On copyright, feds need to do better job to protect creators and balance their rights with those who make them available to the public.
When it comes to Bill C-11, the Conservatives seem to have gotten things backwards. They are telling creators to lock down content, while denouncing longstanding royalty systems as unnecessary ‘taxes.’ It is a model that will ultimately fail Canadian creators, consumers and students.
Industry Minister Christian Paradis says making Canada a leader in world’s digital economy a top priority for Conservative government.

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