Archive for May, 2011

Access Copyright Responds: So Much For Getting the Facts Straight

Access Copyright has posted a two-page response to my recent series of blog postings (transactional licensing, economics of the collective, future reforms, all three posts in single PDF) titled “Let’s Get the Facts Straight on Access Copyright.” Unfortunately, as has become typical for an organization that based its advocacy strategy on Bill C-32 on misleading claims about fair dealing in an effort to “break throughbeyond talk of digital locks and levies, the document contains very few facts to address its transparency and financial concerns.

The key post in my series involved a look at the economics of Access Copyright with the goal of ascertaining how much of the revenue collected in 2010 was distributed to Canadian authors. Those numbers should be easy to find, but they are not. Access Copyright points to its total distribution in 2010, which was $23.3 million. Yet this does not set the record straight. First, this global amount was distributed to all publishers and authors, both Canadian and foreign. Second, this figure draws from both the 2010 revenues and the balance entering the year, which stood at $29.5 million. How much of the 2010 distribution came from 2010 revenues? How much went to Canadian authors? Access Copyright still isn’t saying.

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May 31, 2011 28 comments News

Massive Copyright Class Action Settlement Approved: Record Labels to Pay $50 Million

The largest copyright class action in Canadian history received court approval yesterday, with the four major record labels that comprise the Canadian Recording Industry Association – EMI Music Canada Inc., Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc., Universal Music Canada Inc. and Warner Music Canada Co. – agreeing to pay over $50 […]

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May 31, 2011 22 comments News

Australia Releases National Digital Economy Strategy

As new Canadian Industry Minister Christian Paradis prepares to provide an update on the delayed Canadian digital economy strategy later today, Australia has released its digital economy strategy with a foundation of a national broadband network and eight goals that focus on issues such as health, education, telework, and the […]

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May 31, 2011 1 comment Must Reads

EU Wants a Total Re-Write of Canadian IP Law

Stuart Trew reports on a call last week with Canadian officials on the status of the Canada – EU Trade Agreement.  The intellectual property provisions remain a sticking point with the EU seeking “a total re-write of Canadian IP rules.”

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May 30, 2011 3 comments Must Reads

Final Version of ACTA Posted

A new final version of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement – formally adopted on April 15, 2011 and opened for signature on May 1, 2011 – has been posted online. ACTA will remain open for signature until May 2013.

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May 30, 2011 Comments are Disabled Must Reads