Marian Hebb's "letter to the editor" of the Globe & Mail concerning the TPP and co

​Bad TPP example Re Read The TPP? You Must Be Kidding (Nov. 13): Individuals cannot absorb the complex Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, but your editorial makes a poor choice for “one of the bigger examples” of feared costs to Canada’s economy. Extending copyright protection from 50 to 70 years after an author’s death harmonizes Canada with the United States and European Union, including the United Kingdom (and potentially all TPP members) – benefiting two generations of authors’ heirs, as 50 years did when lives were shorter. As for “suddenly” costing Canadian companies, it was surprising that Canada did not extend copyright years ago, when many other countries did, and benefit children and grandchildren of Canadian authors and publishers, currently limping not least because of unintended consequences of copyright amendments in 2012. It is noteworthy that our authors currently have an incentive to publish first in a country with longer protection. Marian Hebb, Toronto


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