Towards a better protection of our culture?

Towards a better protection of our culture?

In a series of three articles published in La Presse +, we asked the question: do we produce too much culture? It seems to me that this question has been asked for centuries, considering the size of our market. Which leads me to propose another question: are we protecting our culture "too little"?

The news of the past few weeks has provided me with some answers.

Recently, the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications published its Rapport sur la souveraineté culturelle du Québec.

Copibec welcomes this initiative, as the MCC is looking forward to close collaboration with the federal government, and to a legislative adjustment adapted to contemporary digital issues.

The Conseil de l’innovation du Québec has launched the Prêt pour l'IA report, which includes twelve recommendations for healthy cohabitation with AI.

Last Monday, as part of the study of Bill C-27: An Act to enact the Consumer Privacy Protection Act, the Personal Information and Data Protection Tribunal Act and the Artificial Intelligence and Data Act [...] representatives of the cultural community, including ANEL and CDEC, were heard. They reiterated that copyright must be protected when works are used.

I'm glad to see these initiatives, but I can't measure their effectiveness or scope to know how well culture will be protected. I do know, however, that the forwarded measures are not reparative for the losses incurred with the 2012 changes to the Copyright Act on fair use. There is still time. That's what we said in our recent pre-budget submission to the federal government.

The 100th anniversary of the enactment of copyright law is a unique opportunity for the government. Champagne! 

In the February issue of the newsletter:

Happy reading!

— Christian Laforce, Executive Director