In spring 2016, Minister Mélanie Joly and Canadian Heritage launched a pre-consultation called “Strengthening Canadian content creation, discovery and export in a digital world”, followed by a countrywide think-tank on ” Canadian Content in a Digital World “, inviting all Canadians to participate in this consultation. SODRAC has contributed with great interest on behalf of its thousands of members, most of whom are directly affected by the digital revolution.
In addition to participating actively in the discussions, SODRAC submitted a brief entitled “Placer le créateur canadien au centre de la nouvelle révolution technologique”, which details our proposals to the government to rebalance the musical ecosystem. “Technological challenges have always influenced Canada’s cultural policy, and the ones we currently face are no different,” says our General Manager Alain Lauzon. “Today’s changes must not affect the government’s ability to make informed decisions to support our culture, our identity and our creations.” The main themes of this discussion are discoverability, optimal use of metadata and the accountability of foreign companies and new media, and at their heart there is copyright, which remains at the center of the equation.
The round of consultations ended on November 25 after several months of discussions with hundreds of canadians consumers, creators and industry stakeholders. We invite you to consult our brief here (in french), and to share your comments with us by writing to email@example.com.