A survey is being sent to the federal parties by theÂ Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA)Â in order toÂ gauge where each stands on issues related to Canada’s music publishing industry. The results of theÂ survey will be used to inform CMPA members, prior to Election Day, on the views of each of the parties on the issues set forth in the questionnaire.
There are five questions in the survey:
Does your party believe that music is an essential part of expressing and enhancing Canadian identity, values and culture?
Does your party believe Canada needs strong, effective, forward-thinking copyright legislation that addresses future as well as current challenges?
Is your party committed to maintaining copyright protection for commercial uses of music and protecting creator’s rights and rights holders’ right to be compensated for such uses?
Would your party commit to extending this protection to digital audio recorders?
Is your party committed to renewing the Canada Music Fund, at least at its current level, when the current three-year funding commitment expires?
“This isÂ a really important election for rights issues and the future of copyright,” states CMPA Executive Director Catharine Saxberg. “Although copyright isn’t a public election issue, the future of copyright really hangs in the balance in this election. We want people to vote and to be engaged with their candidates. These are the questions that we are sendingÂ to the campaigns. If you get the chance to askÂ the candidates in your ridingÂ how they would respond to these questions,Â it might help you to decide how to vote.”
If you need more information about who the candidates are in your riding or CMPA’s position on C-32, you can contact Catharine Saxberg directly at (416) 926-7952. There is additional information on the CMPA website and in the current issue of the CMPA magazine, Music Publisher Canada.
As the oldest trade association in Canada,Â CMPA has ensured the views of music publishers working in Canada, and its members, are heard. It is the organization’s mission to promote the interests of music publishers and their songwriting partners through advocacy, communication and education. CMPA advocates for publishers on copyright reforms for a digital world, Canadian Content policies for broadcasters and new music delivery systems, public investment in songwriting and music publishing, and protecting the private copying tariff.