|Roanie Levy, President & CEO of Access Copyright, appeared before the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology on May 22nd, as part of the ongoing Copyright Act review.Watch Roanie’s appearance before the Industry Committee (it starts at 16:38:00 of the video).
The session was very well received and based on the nature of the questions that were brought forward by members of the committee, it is clear that the committee is beginning to appreciate that creators and publishers have been significantly harmed since the Copyright Modernization Act was passed.
The outcome of the session is a testament to the hard work that our community has been doing with the INDU Committee. The number of creators and publishers who have shared their personal stories during their recent cross-country tour have made an incredible difference by putting a relatable face to the problem, making it more difficult to ignore.
While this gives us all pause to feel encouraged, it is also critical that we bear down to double up our efforts and keep up the momentum. The opposition is pulling no stops and we can’t afford to either.
Make a submission to the Industry Committee
We encourage everyone to take the time to write a submission to the INDU committee.
Written submissions are meant to be brief and can be as simple as a one-page letter outlining your personal story of impact. They will help to keep reinforcing that Canadian creators and publishers have been hurt economically by 2012 changes to the Copyright Act and that the continued creation of Canadian content is at stake during this review.
The House of Commons has prepared detailed guidelines on making a written submission.
Here are some basic things to keep in mind for a submission.
- Address your submission to the “Members of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology”
- As submissions will be posted online, they should not include personal contact information beyond your name.
For the email used to submit your submission (the email will not be posted with your submission):
- Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The person reading the emails is Michel Marcotte, the clerk of the Industry Committee. The email should be addressed to him.
- The email should include your address, email and phone number.
- We recommend asking for confirmation of receipt of your submission.
Engage Through I Value Canadian Stories
If you haven’t visited IValueCanadianStories.ca recently, new letters directed at the Committee were added in late April so please take a moment to send one today. You can also get active on social media and encourage your friends to take part.