Why Copyright Matters

    Throughout Canada’s history, the products of human imagination have played a vital role in shaping the world we live in.  Works of art, culture, and entertainment not only enrich our lives, but drive economic and technological developments that fuel progress in our own backyards and around the world. They expand our horizons and give rise to ever-greater creativity and innovation.

    Essential to this creativity are the copyright laws that encourage creators and makers among us to continue their work.  In 2016-17, film and television production in Canada was $8.38 billion and supported 171,700 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs.

    Strong copyright laws support the creative community and benefits consumers.  To support strong and effective copyright law is to support technological ingenuity that ultimately benefits everyone.

    Copyright protection is about providing the right incentives to make sure everyone has access to content across multiple platforms, and that the people who make that content are able to continue to do so.

    Source: Profile 2017: Economic Report on the Screen-based Media Production Industry in Canada 

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