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As a composer of music for film and television and a Canadian publisher, Canada's Copyright Laws affect me directly. The single most important area of modernizing existing laws would be in regards to the internet. In my opinion, the Copyright model used in television and radio broadcasts should apply similarly to transmissions over the internet. Viewing, communication of Copyright material and downloading of content should be considered "Performances" as broadcasts are in television and radio. I believe that users of the internet should pay a "levy" to Internet Providers. These ("levy")funds would be distributed to Copyright holders, Writers and Publishers in a way similar to, or through SOCAN (Canada's Performance Rights Organization) as royalties. These royalties enable Canadian companies to flourish in many ways, to continue the pursuit of artistic and commercial excellence, to raise the profile of Canadian content in a global market and to allow expansion resulting in employment for the next generation of media craftsmen and Intellectual Property creators.
This modernization would continue the established fair compensation to creators and holders of Copyright material, and would put Canada in the forefront of Copyright law globally.