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Government readies review of Copyright Act

The Parliament of Canada has announced that it will undertake a review of the Copyright Act. According to a government statement, the review is intended to ensure that the Act enables Canadian content creators to take advantage of digital technology, provides support for business and investment, and positions creators to compete in the marketplace. The review will also examine ways for copyright law to make it easier for consumer to discover and access content while promoting Canadian culture and heritage. Reform measures are expected next year, intended to enable creators to receive the proper payment and access new business opportunities.

"In order to thrive in the digital economy, we need to support both creators and users of copyrighted content by providing them with a predictable, transparent and effective legal environment," said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. "I am looking forward to the review as it provides an opportunity to ensure that Canada's current copyright framework effectively supports creativity and innovation."

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