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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
Canada