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July 20, 2009 — Toronto – ACTRA is applauding the federal government’s decision to hold country-wide public consultations on copyright.

“It’s encouraging to see the current government embark on public consultations on copyright. If the traffic on Facebook and Twitter is any indication, there are a lot of engaged citizens of all ages eager to talk about copyright reform in Canada – a fantastic trend considering we are talking about copyright law. ACTRA looks forward to appearing at the government’s roundtables to advocate on behalf of Canadian performers,” said Ferne Downey, ACTRA’s National President.

Today, Industry Minister Tony Clement and Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore launched nation-wide consultations to solicit Canadians’ opinions on the important issue of copyright reform. The consultations will run between July 20th and September 13th, 2009.

“ACTRA is working for copyright reform in Canada and internationally because our copyright system needs to balance the interests of consumers with the need to respect the property and remuneration rights of Canadian creators and makers in their work.” said Stephen Waddell, ACTRA’s National Executive Director.

“Canada needs fair copyright laws that ensure creators have control and are compensated for our work. Our new copyright act should make sure artists’ rights are not just protected, but strengthened,” said Downey.

ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 21,000 members across Canada ? the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community.

For more information: Carol Taverner, Public Relations Officer, (416) 644-1519,

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