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New right proposed by government could upset competitive access to content

News | 11/02/2001 5:00 am EST

A controversial proposal to give performers and record companies new powers to authorize the use of their music online has stirred up a debate over who will control Internet distribution. In their current copyright reform process (CNM, June 28/01), the departments of Canadian Heritage and Industry Canada have proposed a new "right of making available" for performers and producers that would replace the existing right to remuneration with broad new power to authorize the use of their recordings.

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