CREATORS - Please Lend Your Voice Now!
Mike Grandmaison, May 07, 2018 at 6:20 AM

If you are a CREATOR - a visual artist, writer, editor or translator - please lend your support to ACCESS COPYRIGHT ! Whether you are a Creator with much experience or just starting out, please come out to the formal hearings and public, open-mic sessions for the statutory review of the Copyright Act in 5 cities across Canada this coming week from May 7 to 11, 2018. I will be there at the Winnipeg Hearings this Thursday in Winnipeg. Please see the schedule for hearings in the different cities below.


This is what it's all about. Most of this information has been gathered from the Access Copyright website, newsletters and email messages I received as an AFFILIATE OF ACCESS COPYRIGHT. Access Copyright is a collective voice for creators and publishers in Canada. As a non-profit, national organization, it represent tens of thousands of Canadian writers, visual artists and publishers, and their works. Through agreements with sister organizations around the world, Access Copyright also represents the works of hundreds of thousands of foreign creators and publishers. This rich repertoire of content is highly valued, by educators, students, researchers, corporate employees and others who need to copy and share content. Access Copyright licenses the copying of this repertoire to educational institutions, businesses, governments and others. The proceeds gathered when content is copied, remixed and shared are passed along to the copyright-holders. These investments help to ensure the continued creation of new and innovative works.


The addition of “education” as a fair dealing exception to Canada’s Copyright Act in 2012 has led the majority of Canadian universities, colleges and school boards outside Quebec to adopt “fair dealing” content use guidelines that set out the education sector’s interpretation of what can be copied without compensation to creators or publishers. A study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) - engaged by Access Copyright to conduct an independent economic assessment of the impacts of the education sector’s “fair dealing” guidelines on the Canadian market for educational content - determined that the education sector's "fair dealing" guidelines have already significantly harmed the educational publishing industry in Canada and that the negative impacts are expected to continue. The guidelines and weak market are expected to cause educational publishers to reduce their investments in Canada; meaning fewer Canadian titles and less content variety. The guidelines also significantly lower incentives for creators to create content for the educational publishing market.


This week is our opportunity to show our support for Access Copyright and attend in person the formal hearings and public, open-mic sessions hosted by The Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology. The Committee invites individuals and organizations from all industries and sectors, experts and non experts alike, to participate in these events. To participate, individuals must register on location: arrive 30 minutes in advance and bring a piece of identification. Participants will be given two minutes to express their views. The Committee will hear participants until the session runs out of time.


These sessions are a critical opportunity for you to speak directly in front of committee members conducting the critical Copyright Act review to share your personal story of how you have been impacted by 2012 amendments to the Act.


Open-Mic Schedule

Monday, May 7 – Halifax, Nova Scotia
Time: 7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
Location: Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
1919 Upper Water Street
Room: Nova Scotia AB

Tuesday, May 8 – Montreal, Quebec
Time: 7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
Location: Delta Hotels by Marriott
475 Président-Kennedy Avenue
Room: Opus

Wednesday, May 9 – Toronto, Ontario
Time:7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
Location: Courtyard by Marriott
475 Yonge Street
Room: Courtyard Hall AB

Thursday, May 10 – Winnipeg, Manitoba
Time: 7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
Location: Radisson by Canada Inns
288 Portage Avenue
Room: Ambassador A

Friday, May 11 – Vancouver, British Columbia
Time: 7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
Location: Coastal Coal Harbour Hotel
1180 West Hastings Street
Room: Coal Harbour


If you are not in a city where the Committee will be traveling,  there are still many ways to get involved.

  • Visit to send a letter to the members of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology and the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage who are collectively responsible for the current Copyright Act review.
  • Share on social media using the hashtags #IValueCdnStories #CreativeCanada #ValueGap #INDU #cdnpoli
  • Encourage your friends to get involved too.
  • Prepare a written submission (maximum length of 2,000 words) to 

Every action you are able to take will make a difference !!!


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