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Fair remuneration, fair dealing – rebalancing the copyright equilibrium

Canadian Authors Association applauds the federal government’s commitment in its recent Budget announcement “to ensur[e] that the Copyright Actprotects all creators and copyright holders.” Copyright law is inherently evolving, always striving for a balance between the rights of users and of creators. However, the copyright regime is currently out of equilibrium, with the scales now … Read more

Canadian Authors responds to the SCC decision in the York vs. Access Copyright suit

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) recently issued its long and anxiously awaited decision in the York University vs. Access Copyright case, a decision creators hoped would first, reverse the Federal Court of Appeal’s 2020 ruling that Copyright Board-sanctioned tariffs are not mandatory, and second, affirm the lower federal courts’ ruling that neither York University’s fair dealing … Read more

World Book and Copyright Day

World Book and Copyright Day, celebrated yearly on April 23, was declared by UNESCO in 1995. Established in 1921 to lobby for the protection of authors’ rights in Canada, Canadian Authors Association is uniquely positioned to celebrate this international day recognizing the foundational importance of copyright in relation to books and their creators. As a … Read more

2020 Fred Kerner Book Award Winner Announced!

The winner of the 2020 Canadian Authors Association Fred Kerner Book Award is Adrienne Drobnies for Salt and Ashes (Signature Editions) Judges’ Comments: “A scientist mourning her husband in poetry is the heart of this extraordinary collection. Here is loss, lament, longing in elegiac measure. Deeply moving in the way that only very truthful poetry moves, Drobnies makes … Read more

Canadian Authors Call for Action Against Illegal Copying

Toronto, May 4, 2020 Canadian Authors Association (CAA) joins our fellow creator and publisher organizations in their reactions to the April 22, 2020 Federal Court of Appeal decision in the case of York University v. The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency (Access Copyright). In that recent decision, the higher federal court affirmed the lower federal court’s … Read more