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To the committee members,

I am adding my voice – as a freelance writer – to the debate around Canadian copyright law.

I work fulltime as a freelance writer and – even though I am one of the more "successful" ones – am currently compensated at a level well below the official poverty line. It has been this way for all of the creative arts for much too long. There is not a week that goes by where I don't do an online search of my name and find websites and publications that have used my material without contacting me or compensating me. And I am certain that it happens ten-fold over what I discover through a simple online search.

Here is the basic message I would like to pass along to the committee: I work hard at my job; I need and deserve to get paid for what I do. It is, quite simply, "wrong" for others to take my work and make use of it without compensation. Working as a writer is difficult enough in this current publishing market, without adding theft of my material to the list of violations.

Many thanks,

Josephine Matyas

Josephine Matyas
Freelance Writer
Kingston, Ontario