Peter Van Loan Introduces Bill That Will Help Bring Canada’s Copyright Laws Into the 21st Century

The Bill Will Extend the Term of Copyright for the

Author of Every Original Literary, Dramatic, Musical, and Artistic Work

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - Today, Conservative Critic for Canadian Heritage and Member of Parliament for York-Simcoe, Peter Van Loan introduced a Private Member's Bill that will help bring Canada's copyright laws into the 21st Century. Bill C-299, An Act to Amend the Copyright Act (Terms of Copyright) seeks to extend the term of copyright for authors of every original literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic work by adding an additional 20 years of protection.

Currently under the Berne Convention of 1886, the minimum term of copyright has been the life of the author plus 50 years. Today, many countries have extended the term of copyright beyond this standard. The proposed change is consistent with what many other countries such as the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom have already done in extending the term of copyright for authors to life plus 70 years.

"The previous Conservative Government already extended the term of copyright for sound recordings (e.g. CDs) from 50 to 70 years. Through this bill we will now have a chance to provide authors with the same term of copyright protection that we are seeing all over the world," said Van Loan. "It will also benefit Canada's trade relationship with other countries by removing a non-economic trade barrier that will bring us in line with many of our allies."