Add another major group to the list of those concerned with Bill C-60, Canada's copyright reform bill. The Canadian Association of Braodcasters, which represents private television and radio broadcasters, has gone public with its objections to the bill. They are apparently disappointed that the government did not address the ephemeral rights issue, which costs radio stations millions each year. Moreover, the long list of new performers rights contained in the bill may cost the industry millions more.
While everyone wants to ensure that performers received appropriate compensation for their work, these forms of transfer payments amount to a government-backed cultural subsidy paid for by the private sector. The bill already faces opposition from the education community, security community, and user groups. Adding the broadcasters to the list may leave many MPs wondering whether fighting for this reform package is worth the trouble.