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How do Canada's copyright laws affect you? How should existing laws be modernized?
I am affected in terms of my ability to make a basic living, because I am a professional actor whose work is in a variety of mediums both audio and visual. The 1997 WIPO Internet Treaties are a good place to start in modernizing copyright laws. There must be compensation for our work and protection for our voices and images, balanced by allowing Canadians to access our work in ways that do not stifle fair use.
Based on Canadian values and interests, how should copyright changes be made in order to withstand the test of time?
What with ever-evolving recording formats as well as time-shifting, it is foolish to attempt to specify each format in copyright laws, and not productive to try to enforce the criminalization of common behaviours in copying for private use. Therefore, collective licensing offers the fairest and simplest solution. What's more, it is most able to evolve alongside technology.
What sorts of copyright changes do you believe would best foster innovation and creativity in Canada?
Aim for fair compensation for performers and fair access for consumers. Again, the WIPO Internet Treaties should be implemented and collective licensing administered.
What sorts of copyright changes do you believe would best foster competition and investment in Canada?
We must start by meeting international standards and drag ourselves out of out-of-date practices. We must strengthen performers' rights and remunerations, recognizing that, as mostly self-employed workers, our creations bring us substantial financial risks in our efforts to enrich Canadian culture. Providing copyright laws that allow performers to make a living will encourage our investment in the creation of new works.
What kinds of changes would best position Canada as a leader in the global, digital economy?
To be a leader we must stop dragging our feet. Implement the WIPO Internet Treaties and enact a full range of rights for both audio and visual performers.