Bill C-60 – Act to Amend the Copyright Act

Bill C-60, An Act to Amend the Copyright Act, had first reading on June 20th, 2005.

If you would like further information on the copyright reform process, and a link to the Parliament of Canada website which includes the text of Bill C-60, you may wish to visit the following website:

http://www.canadianheritage.gc.ca/progs/ac-ca/progs/pda-cpb/reform/index_e.cfm

One response to “Bill C-60 – Act to Amend the Copyright Act”

  1. John Dee

    Here is my opinion regarding copyright laws and downloading music.

    Now that copying machines are so cheap that most people can afford one, copyright holders have lost control over who has copies of their work. Especially when the copies are privately made for personal use. Photocopiers, tape recorders, VCR’s, CD disk burners, computers and printers, are all machines capable of making copies.

    In view of this, authors and composers must find new ways to make money. They cannot rely on royalties. Unknown singers and musicians who write their own songs are quite comfortable with this new reality. They already have to produce recordings at their own expense and give out free copies just to become known. They would just love for everyone to copy their recordings. The more people play their music, the more money they can demand for their live performances.

    Established writers, composers, and artists on the other hand, do not need to rely on royalties anyway. They can demand reasonable compensation when they sell their product or service (just like sports personalities do now). Moviemakers and publishers will have to adjust to making reasonable profit from their first run.

    Perhaps the only ones who really want the present copyright laws are the major global corporations who control the bulk of intellectual products (music, movies, and books) sold to the general public.

    I don’t know any musician who is upset because people use the Internet to share music; ie – downloading music.

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