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Copyright Reform Welcomed By Music PublishersMar 24 2005

Toronto – March 24, 2005 – Canada’s music publishers reacted positively today to the Government’s announcement that it is moving forward with plans to introduce legislation modernizing the Copyright Act.

“This is great and long-awaited news for Canada’s music publishers and the songwriters we represent,” said Jodie Ferneyhough, President of the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA). “This legislation will be a vital tool in meeting the technological challenges that face our members, and the entire music industry.”

“Progress towards new legislation is good news for our members” said CMPA Legal Counsel David Basskin. He noted in particular the non-partisan nature of the work of the Heritage Committee of the House of Commons, which led to this announcement. “We want to particularly thank the opposition parties,” he added, “the support of the Conservatives, the NDP and the Bloc was vital in keeping this issue on the Government’s agenda.”

CMPA is anxious to review the proposed legislation, adds Peter James, CMPA Executive Director. “We expect the details of the new bill will help protect Canada’s songwriters and publishers so they can continue to make a living and create new music,” explains James. “We applaud the efforts of the government and are grateful for the support of the opposition parties. The support of the Conservatives, NDP and the Bloc was crucial in moving this important issue forward.”

Founded in 1949, The Canadian Music Publishers Association is the trade organization representing Canada’s music publishers. Its mission is to promote the interests of music publishers and their songwriting partners through advocacy, communication, domestic and international promotion and the support of creative forums.