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Artisti welcomes the arrival of a ministerial cabinet and reiterates its requests

Artisti welcomes the nomination of Pablo Rodriguez as Minister of Canadian Heritage and of François-Philippe Champagne as Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.

In the aftermath of these nominations, Artisti is confident in the government’s ability and will to pursue the necessary transformations in the cultural sector.

In particular, Artisti wishes to continue discussions on the Revision of the Copyright Act to:

  • Modernize the Canadian private copying regime to allow its extension to all devices used to copy music.
  • Modernize the copyright framework applicable to online intermediaries in order to protect the rights of artists and guarantee them fair and proportional remuneration for the exploitation of their work on the Internet. In its brief submitted on May 31, 2021, Artisti proposes the establishment of an equitable remuneration system (50/50 distribution of royalties between performers and producers) as a solution to the derisory remuneration that performers are currently receiving for the streaming of their performances.

You will have understood that this file spearheaded by Artisti and the other associations and societies representing creators is of great importance for our members, but also for all performers and creators. Artisti offers its full collaboration to the government and calls for the mobilization of artists so that the revision of the Copyright Act materializes quickly. It is about time that these overdue changes be made and for artists to finally be able to benefit from the protection and remuneration adapted to today’s digital reality.

The other file that holds the attention of Artisti is the reform of the Broadcasting Act to restore fairness between traditional Canadian broadcasters and the Internet giants.

  • Long-awaited, this reform is fundamental for the future of the entire Canadian cultural community since it would subject platforms such as YouTube Music, Apple Music and Spotify in particular, to the same rules for funding local content as Canadian broadcasters.

As a member of the Coalition on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, Artisti is also closely monitoring this file.