‘Extending Canada’s term of copyright is vital for global songwriters and the entire music publishing community’

ICMP holds high-level policy meetings in Ottawa

Ottawa, 8 November 2017 – The International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) was in Canada this week to meet with high-level Canadian policy makers, requesting that they extend the country’s term of copyright protection.

Canada’s term of copyright protection is currently set at life of the author plus 50 years, which is in stark contrast to most other developed nations, where life plus 70 is the standard.

At meetings, ICMP set out the concerns of the international music publishing community - from North and South America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.

ICMP called on Canadian policy makers to increase the term of copyright to life plus 70 years in order to be in line with the standards currently prevailing elsewhere, in particular among Canada’s main trading partners. Such harmonisation is key to achieve international consistency in the rules of copyright, which in turn improves the efficiency of copyright management and enforcement internationally.

“Music publishers play a key role in developing and preserving creative talent across the world. We spend a lot of money and time in bringing writers to market, and we are only able to invest if we can be compensated for our rights. Developing this talent is however an expensive business and at the moment, we have to think twice before investing in Canada as we need to focus on countries where we see more of a return on our investment”, said ICMP Chair Chris Butler.

“Canada is a major cultural nation, a G7 member and one of the world’s largest economies. However, its current term of copyright protection puts investing in its creative talent at risk”, said ICMP Director General Coco Carmona. “If Canada wants to remain competitive, extending its term of protection for copyright is imperative,” she added.

Also in the Canadian capital, ICMP held various bilateral meetings with Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA), Association des professionnels de l'édition musicale (APEM), International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada (SODRAC), and the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA). These fruitful meetings clearly demonstrate that there is no substitute for the music sector convening in person to discuss ideas and share best practices.