HERITAGE COMMITTEE TO CONDUCT STUDY ON
THE STATE OF
THE CANADIAN BROADCASTING SYSTEM
For Immediate Release:
Ottawa, June 18, 2003 – The House of Commons Standing Committee on
Canadian Heritage announced today that it hopes to launch its statutory review
of the Copyright Act, as mandated by section 92 of that Act, in the fall
Section 92 further requires the
Committee to complete its review and report back to Parliament within one year
of the Minister’s report, unless an extension is granted. The Minister’s report, Supporting Culture
and Innovation: Report on the Provisions and Operation of the Copyright Act,
was released by the Government of Canada in October 2002.
Since the Committee was prevented
by other business from commencing its review before next fall, it is clear that
the October 2003 deadline will not be met. The Committee will therefore be
seeking an extension to June 2004.
In order to assist the Committee
in planning its review, individuals and groups interested in presenting briefs
and/or appearing before the Committee are requested to forward a summary of
their submissions to the Clerk of the Committee by no later than September 15,
2003. If possible, this summary should
be provided in electronic form and forwarded to the following address: [firstname.lastname@example.org].