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Artisti increases its actions for a fair and equitable reform of the Copyright Act

On August 23, 2022, Artisti President, France D’Amour, and Executive Director, Annie Morin, met with people from the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Department of Industry, Science and Economic Development (ISED), the two departments responsible for Copyright Law policy.

It should be noted that the process of revising the Copyright Act should soon be initiated and that Artisti is stepping up its actions to raise awareness among the authorities about the reforms it considers imperative in order to take account of the evolution of the digital environment and the economic reality of performers.

Indeed, the pandemic has shaken an already fragile sector that needs a strong and fair law that recognizes the work and rights of performers at their fair value. The mobilization is not over and must continue in this direction!

A little earlier this year, on May 31, 2022, France D’Amour participated in a panel on the theme “Copyright and diversity of cultural expressions”, on the occasion of The Conference on the future of copyright in Canada organized by the Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (CDCE). The President of Artisti was then able to share her vision as a performer while reiterating Artisti’s concerns about the shortcomings of copyright law.

During the meetings on August 23, France D’Amour and Annie Morin admittedly recalled certain concerns shared by several stakeholders in the music sector, but they also insisted on concerns specific to Artisti and which relate to the remuneration of artists for the exploitation of their services on online platforms.

It’s no secret that recorded music is mainly consumed online now and if Bill C-11 will allow better visibility of local content on the platforms, Artisti, for its part, wants the remuneration of performers resulting from the online exploitation of their performances to be fairer. Artisti has therefore shared its views on how to achieve this and intends to continue the dialogue with government officials so that artists can receive their fair share of online exploitations of their performances.