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Copyright Reform
Mike Grandmaison, November 24, 2011 at 1:16 PM

The Canadian Photographers Coalition, a partnership of the Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators (CAPIC) and the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC), continues the battle for copyright reform. It recently produced an elegant brochure from which I gleaned the following information.

 

Canadian photographers are image creators. Largely small business owners, we reside in communities nationwide. Our industry directly employs more than 15,000 people and

generates hundreds of millions in economic activity. Our contribution to Canadian culture is priceless, as we record and preserve moments and people in our country’s history. This contribution is also recognized internationally by Canadian artists that represent our culture abroad; notably, Canadian photographers Yousuf Karsh, Jeff Wall and Edward Burtynsky.

 

Canadian photographers are image creators. Largely small business owners, we reside in communities nationwide. Our industry directly employs more than 15,000 people and generates hundreds of millions in economic activity. Our contribution to Canadian culture is priceless, as we record and preserve moments and people in our country’s history. This contribution is also recognized internationally by Canadian artists that represent our culture abroad; notably, Canadian photographers Yousuf Karsh, Jeff Wall and Edward Burtynsky.

 

Wedding and portrait photographers document the cherished moments of a couple; landscape photographers capture the beauty of our country; advertising photographers contribute to the Canadian economy; editorial photographers promote our cultural and social diversity. This document is a small sample of photographers and their works from across Canada. To each, copyright reform is important to ensure our cultural economy is upheld and our artistic accomplishments are promoted.


It is time to recognize that photography is a creative art form, and that photographers are worthy of first copyright ownership.

 

“The Copyright Act is an important policy tool for the promotion of Canada’s culture and Canadian creativity,” states André Cornellier, Coalition Co-chair. “We are extremely pleased with the government’s decision to recognize photographers as authors of commissioned works. Building on that principle, we will seek a small technical amendment to the bill at committee,” added Mr. Cornellier.

 

The attached brochure was recently presented in meetings with officials of the Heritage and the Industry ministries. Up and coming are meetings with Heritage Minister James Moore and Industry Minister Christian Paradis. 'The Canadian Photographers Coalition' will then be called upon to appear in front of a Parliamentary Commitee to discuss copyright issues for Bill C-11.

 

Have a look at some of the featured photographers' work. You can also show your support by adding your voice to the cause.

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