Canada Decides to Lead Again on Artists' Rights

Checking back in on an earlier episode in which I took you to Ottawa for Parliamentary testimony from The Writers’ Union of Canada in the matter of Canada’s copyright law review.

On May 15th 2019, the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage released a report containing 22 key recommendations. The upshot of those 22 recommendations is that Canada’s lawmakers have accepted the invitation to value the work of those who produce our culture. They've decided to lead again on protecting artists' rights.

This is very good news. If incorporated into law, these recommendations will go a long way to rebuilding the cultural marketplace in Canada, a market eroded and pillaged by rampant free-riding in the digital space, and huge amounts of uncompensated copying in educational settings.

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