moved for leave to introduce Bill C-307, an act to amend the Criminal Code and the Copyright Act (profit from authorship respecting a crime).
Mr. Speaker, my bill would amend the Criminal Code and the Copyright Act to prohibit a criminal from profiting by selling, authorizing or authoring the story of a crime.
If a person is convicted of an indictable offence under the Criminal Code, any moneys he or she may have made or may make in the future from the creation of a work based on the
crime would be deemed proceeds of crime subject to seizure by the crown.
Included would be moneys paid to the convicted person for the authorship of books, articles, screen plays, recordings, et cetera. Also covered would be moneys paid for the criminal's contribution to the creation of such a work, for example, getting paid to tell a story to a news program or the joint authorship of a book.
The bill further amends the Copyright Act to provide that the copyright in any work principally based on the crime where the work is created, prepared or published by or in collaboration with the convicted person becomes the property of the crown.
In countries that have signed the Berne convention on copyright, Canada could enforce its copyright ownership of the work, including preventing the sale and other distribution of the work and applying to seize any profits, the principle being a criminal should not receive a dime for committing a crime.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed.)