Liberal Industry Critic Geoff Regan made the following statement today on the Copyright Modernization Act:
“The re-introduction of the Copyright Modernization Act makes a mockery of the consultations held last year. It is more evidence that Conservatives ignore evidence in favour of their own narrow, ideological beliefs.
Liberals believe Canada needs updates to the Copyright Act that balance the interests of both Canadian consumers and creators. In the last Parliament, we heard from hundreds of witnesses who presented reasonable suggestions to improve the Conservative bill. Those recommendations have been completely ignored.”
Liberal Heritage Critic Scott Simms made the following additional comments:
“Recent disclosures of diplomatic cables show that parts of the Conservative copyright plan were drafted to satisfy industry in the United States rather than the best interests of Canadians. In particular, the digital lock provisions, which so many Canadians oppose, appear to be driven completely by U.S interests.
It appears the Conservatives are prepared to use their majority to push this legislation through without any changes. Canadians will be deeply disappointed if the government rams through unbalanced, unCanadian legislation that strips them of their rights as users of copyright.”
Statement by the Liberal Party of Canada on the Copyright Modernization Act