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Songwriters and Publishers Endorse Path to Strengthen Copyright Protections in Canada

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The Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) issued a statement supporting the review of the Copyright Act of Canada in 2018. The House of Commons passed the motion Wednesday (Dec. 13), before breaking for the holidays until the end of January.

The 2012 reforms had included the mandatory review.

"Five years after the day on which this section comes into force and at the end of each subsequent period of five years, a committee of the Senate, of the House of Commons or of both Houses of Parliament is to be designated or established for the purpose of reviewing this Act," it stated.

The process will be handled by the Industry Committee.

"Canadian copyright legislation is lagging behind those of other G7 countries, and I hope that, through this review, Canada will want to assume a world leadership position on copyright, as it does on other issues," said SOCAN’s chief executive officer Eric Baptiste in a statement.

"In a sector in turmoil, especially with the arrival of new ways to consume and listen to music, more than ever we need strong copyright protection to ensure that music creators and publishers are fairly compensated for their work."

SOCAN connects more than 4 million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. Nearly 150,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers are its direct members, and more than 130,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada.

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