In Canada’s long struggle over copyright protection and ‘fair dealing,’ Access Copyright responds to the education sector’s lawsuit, while the Parliamentary review of the Copyright Moderniztion Act is ongoing.
In stating its support for two years of discussion, the International Publishers Association at WIPO’s semiannual committee meetings signaled its stance on international copyright exceptions in education.
The Association of Canadian Publishers welcomes the settlement in French-language Canada, as the country’s 2012 Copyright Modernization Act’s parliamentary review is ongoing.
Calling it ‘a truly essential organization for making our marketplace work,’ Canadian publishers honor the Access Copyright revenue collection agency, which is in the middle of a dispute with the education sector.
‘My colleagues and I are suffering real-time damage triggered by this act.’ Glenn Rollans and Kate Edwards of the Association of Canadian Publishers, along with John Degen of the Writers’ Union, testify in hearings on the Copyright Modernization Act.
In some of the most pointed commentary yet on the crisis created by the 2012 Copyright Modernization Act, the International Publishers Association testifies that Canada is ‘internationally an outlier’ for failing to protect intellectual property.
‘We have no choice but to interpret this suit as the intimidating action that it is,’ says the leadership of the Association of Canadian Publishers in a statement on the lawsuit by almost 100 school boards and education ministries.
With five years of copyright revenue reportedly compromised under Canada’s Copyright Modernization Act, the country’s education sector now is suing Access Copyright for money from three prior years. The Writers Union denounces it as ‘a cynical tactic.’
‘Reform measures are anticipated over the course of the next year,’ says a statement from Ottawa, ‘to enable creators to get paid properly.’ Canada’s House of Commons has opened its review of the controversial 2012 Copyright Modernization Act.
Royalties payable by Canadian universities to authors, visual artists and their publishers are down almost 50 percent since 2012, says Copibec.