To clarify, some of the fundamental philosophical issues we've been dealing with in this bill are the direct attack on artists' payments. We heard from the Conservatives yesterday that they felt there should be a ceiling in terms of how much the arts community receives on something that's adjudicated under the mechanical royalties rights, and that they would intervene in the market that has already decided the value of a creator's work and limit it. They would create an exception so it would not necessarily have to be paid, even though we heard that would bring us into court proceedings. We're concerned about that.
We're concerned about the digital lock provisions that are an overreach on rights that are guaranteed under Canadian law, which will also bring us into court action. We're certainly concerned since hearing from the Canadian Consumer Initiative's Janet Lo, who was asked the direct question. She felt this would lead directly to lawsuits against Canadians for engaging in legal acts. This is not about piracy. This is not about people stealing and undermining emerging business models. This is about legislation that is setting up provisions that would leave Canadian consumers, Canadian citizens, open to lawsuits.
We have deep concerns about that, Mr. Chair. The fundamental principle about copyright is the right to make a copy. It is the droit d'auteur, the right of the author to be remunerated. We have seen again and again that this bill has decided that the marketplace—this mystical hand of the market—will decide, but it's not. The market's being set up by the government to favour one set of players over others. The ones they are setting it up against are average citizens: law-abiding Canadians and the creative community, who are the engine of such innovation in our country. They are being directly attacked in this undermining of their royalty provisions. This is why we have expressed such deep concerns about this bill. That's why we have tried to work with the government on realistic amendments, whether it's on perceptual disabilities....
The government has shown no willingness to work with us. We remain deeply opposed to what we think is a fundamentally flawed bill.