"Copyright and the Copyright Act are important policy tools for the promotion of Canada's culture and Canadians' creativity. Amendments to the Copyright Act are an important driver of economic growth and a tool to encourage innovation in Canada, particularly small business. As professional photographers we understand first hand the importance of ensuring a modern Copyright Act that promotes both these objectives," stated Andre Cornellier, Coalition Co-chair.
"The proposed updates to the Copyright Act work toward these objectives, making photographers equals among their creative colleagues. These amendments allow Canadian small business photographers the opportunity to generate additional revenues for their commercial work. At the same time, they strike a balance by allowing consumers the use of commissioned personal photographs for private non-commercial purposes," added Brian Boyle, Coalition Co-chair.
The Canadian Photographers Coalition (CPC) was formed to support the extension of copyright fairness to Canada's working professional photographers. The Coalition represents the interests of two professiona lassociations: the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) and the Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators in Communications (CAPIC).
Together the groups represent professional photographers working in all aspects of the craft and in all regions of the country. There are over 14,000 professional photographers working and living in Canadian communities from coast to coast to coast. Over 95% of professional photographers are small business people, owning, operating and working in their own businesses and dependent on sales of their work to support their families. Like all small business people, photographers are part of the engine that drives the Canadian economy.