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Dear Olivia Chow,
I work in Canada's music industry. People like me support Canadian music by helping to create, promote and sell it — to fans at home and all over the world. We contribute to Canadian culture, earn a living and pay taxes. I call on the government to introduce modern, robust copyright rules without further delay.
The Government's failure to modernize the Copyright Act is costing Canada jobs and undermining Canadian culture. Music sales in Canada, the artist and industry careers they support, and the broader cultural and economic benefits they deliver, are in freefall because of unchecked Internet piracy.
By not taking action, our government has allowed a culture of piracy to thrive in Canada. Many people have lost jobs. Established musicians see their careers threatened or in ruins. Young musicians can't get their careers off the ground because no one will invest in them and everyone just takes their music. These are all taxpayers, they are voters. Many with families, many with children in school. I know a lot of them personally. And I fear the consequences — for them and me — if action is not taken soon.
The following principles, drawn directly from the government's comments on Bill C–61, should guide the upcoming copyright reform legislation:
At a minimum, Canada's copyright reforms must:
This is about jobs, it is about careers and it is about culture. I am not asking the government to do anything that has not been done elsewhere in Europe and the US, where copyright laws were modernized years ago. I am demanding, for my sake, for my family's sake, for the sake of artists, that we catch up with the rest of the world.