Dear C-11 Committee Members (Copyright Modernization Bill):
I am a
professional freelance writer and have grave concerns about the proposed Bill
C-11. This bill in its current form will undoubtedly have a negative impact
on my ability to earn a fair living as a small business owner.
writing industry as a whole has lagged behind others in terms of compensation
growth. Where other industries have seen consistent increases, ours has
continued to decline. Rates of pay are often at the same as the 1970s.
One way that writers are able to have fair earning
potential is by maintaining copyright on works produced. Bill C-11 jeopardizes
that by allowing unlimited copying of material and its ill-defined exception for
education under fair dealing.
In the music and film industries,
copying of content without proper authorization from, and compensation to, its
creator(s) is called piracy - and is illegal. It is incumbent on your committee
that writers are afforded the same ownership protection of their
Bill C-11 in its current form reduces my
ability to earn a fair living and potentially could collapse an entire small
business industry. This industry is vital to the cultural preservation of the
Canadian identity. We contribute to the perspective and views that are uniquely
Canadian. Bill C-11 has the potential to derail our industry and force people
out of work. As with any industry, there are ripple effects beyond the immediate
and obvious that should be considered.
you will push to change Bill C-11 so that it will maintain my right to
operate my small business, to protect my rights as a creator and my ability to
earn a fair living.
Members of the
Professional Writers of Canada (PWAC) - Calgary Chapter: