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Government commits to amend Copyright Act so creators can be fairly compensated

On behalf of creators and publishers, Access Copyright is gratified to see the federal government commit in this year’s federal budget to amend the Copyright Act to ensure fair compensation for creators and copyright holders as part of a sustainable educational publishing marketplace. For over a decade, creators and publishers from across Canada have been … Read more

Supreme Court of Canada refuses to legitimize uncompensated copying by the education sector

Access Copyright’s case against York University was about remedying the significant and sustained economic harm to creators and publishers caused by the mass, systemic and systematic copying of their works without compensation by the education sector under self-defined fair dealing guidelines. This economic harm was proven in court. Today’s Supreme Court decision did nothing to … Read more

Access Copyright: Canadian creators and publishers call for fair copyright law on World Book and Copyright Day

On April 23rd, 2021, World Book and Copyright Day, the Canadian writing and publishing industries call on the federal government to fix Canada’s copyright law to address the systemic exploitation of creators’ and publishers’ works by educational institutions. On a day when we celebrate the power of books and reading, we take this opportunity to … Read more

Decade-long struggle to get paid continues for Canadian creators as York litigation heads to the Supreme Court of Canada

October 15, 2020, Toronto  – The Supreme Court of Canada announced today that it will hear the appeals of both Access Copyright and York University in the litigation between the two parties that began in 2013. This decision is another chapter in a decade-long struggle by creators and publishers to be fairly paid for the … Read more

Access Copyright files Leave to Appeal application with Supreme Court of Canada

TORONTO – On June 22, Access Copyright filed an application with the Supreme Court of Canada for leave to appeal the April 22, 2020 decision of the Federal Court of Appeal in the legal action between the organization and York University. The Court of Appeal’s decision has the potential to irreparably harm creators and publishers … Read more