ACTRA members have a vital stake in the future of all Canadian media, the emergence of new media and the new forms of distribution. We’re actually pretty excited by opportunities in the expanding digital world – it’s easier than ever for Canadians and people around the globe to see arid enjoy our work when and where they want.
However, if we are to achieve our creative promise, artists whose work is enjoyed by audiences everywhere must be compensated fairly for our efforts. Those who use the work must also respect the integrity of the artistic creation. ACTRA’s collective agreements have taken steps toward these objectives. But in the digital era, it is essential for ACTRA’s efforts to be supported and extended through economic and moral rights in copyright laws.
A modern copyright system is essential to create opportunities, to stimulate the production of Canadian content and to encourage a strong Canadian presence in the digital world, that’s why we’re working hard for copyright reform in Canada and internationally. To put it simply, fair, modern and balanced copyright laws are a cornerstone of an economic development policy that values creative industries.
ACTRA’s fundamental position on copyright and performing artists is this: since the performance of the performer adds economic and artistic value to the work, by giving life and grandeur to the script or composition, the work of the performer must be protected by copyright law.
Bill C-11 Backgrounder
ACTRA’s Amendments to Bill C-32
Private Copying Levy: Q and As