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I am presently the Field Sales Force Manager for Penguin Group Canada and I have worked for over thirty years within the Canadian Book Industry. I am very concerned that Canada's Copyright Act will become less effective in protecting Canadian Authors and those who strive to publish their work in Canada. My company's success and that of the Canadian Authors we are honoured to publish depends upon the sale of the books we produce. Our revenues depend on book sales as well as on fees from the reproduction of our products under collective licences. This income pays royalties and advances to authors, salaries to our employees, rent, overheads and inputs, and provides our business with the means to take risks and make investments as a producer of Canadian content.
Copyright should exist to protect producers and authors and to provide them with incentives to contribute to Canada's rich body of original content. Copyright law should ensure that the people who worked so hard to produce works are compensated when others use them.
Collective licences exist to allow universities, schools, corporations and governments to make copies of works while ensuring fair and appropriate compensation. This is a system that works well, but it is imperiled.
I am worried that new exceptions and expanded fair dealing could significantly undermine Canadain authors and those involved in publishing their work. Furthermore this could damage the market for books, magazines and newspapers published in Canada.
I want Copyright Act reforms to follow these principles as outlined by the government for Bill C-61 which died on the Order Paper at the time of the last election:
Canada's Copyright Act needs to be reformed because:
Thank-you for your attention to this critical issue.