International Authors Forum calls on Canada to protect its cultural workers by repairing copyright

Focus On Creators

At its recent annual general meeting in London, the International Authors Forum (IAF) passed a special resolution calling upon the Canadian government to immediately repair its copyright legislation, after earlier amendments resulted in unsustainable losses to Canada’s authors and publishers.

The IAF noted the recent “Canadian Content in a Digital World” consultations, and a recent statement from the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, that future policy “should address the issue of fairness to creators when it comes to how they can make a living in this digital age.”

The IAF statement, which was also posted on the Writers’ Union of Canada website, notes that since 2012, Canada’s writers and publishers have seen educational copyright agreements collapse, resulting in an annual loss of tens of millions of dollars. Canadian schools, colleges and universities, insisting they had been given broad permission to copy without permission or compensation because…

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