Lost amid the coverage of the creation of the Canadian Music Creators Coalition, was the presentation of a copyright petition this week before the House of Commmons. James Rajotte, a Conservative MP from Alberta and rumoured chair of the Industry Committee, presented the petition with the following comments:
"Mr. Speaker, it is my honour today to present a petition on behalf of hundreds of Canadians across the country with respect to the Copyright Act. The petitioners wish to properly recognize the careful balance between the rights of creators and the rights of the public, including viewers, readers and listeners.
The petitioners call upon Parliament to ensure generally that users are recognized as interested parties and are meaningfully consulted while proposed changes are made to the Copyright Act and to ensure, in particular, that any changes at least preserve all existing users' rights."
While it is terrific to see Canadian musicians taking a stand, it is equally important for individual Canadians to speak out on the copyright issue.