The Canadian government recently extended the term of copyright for sound recordings from 50 years to 70. However, CISAC is seeking even more drastic action in Canada’s rules to offer more support for compositions after death.
“Authors in Canada still do not benefit from the same term of copyright protection as in most of the world, where protection for authors extends to 70 years after their death, while in Canada the term of protection for authors expires 50 years after the author’s death,” said CISAC President Jean Michel Jarre. He said that this imbalance with the common global standards put Canadian creators at a disadvantage. “Authors in Canada should be protected for the same duration that exists in most other countries around the world,” he said. “This is a matter of pure fairness.”