The League of Canadian Poets has lined up in support of the recent Writers’ Union of Canada resolution recognizing the lack of control over how licensing revenue is managed and the inability of Access Copyright to represent creator interests. As a result, the TWUC plans to investigate operational separation of creators’ and publishers’ interests in collective licensing. The LCP passed a resolution expressing support for the TWUC motion with plans to send a representative to the joint signatory committee investigating creator copyright.
The decision to support the TWUC motion comes as a new blog – Creators’ Access Copyright – has been launched that states as its position:
We are committed to creators’ copyright interests. We support collective licensing of copyright. We declare that creators are entitled to more accountability from Access Copyright, more money from Access Copyright, and particularly more creator control of our own copyright interests.
The new blog includes another detailed financial analysis of the creator financial benefits from Access Copyright. The analysis again confirms that creators get a small percentage of overall Access Copyright revenues. It reports that Access Copyright has advised (privately, not publicly) that the total repertoire payment to creators last year was $3.8 million. The Friedland Report estimated that 85 percent of Access Copyright payments to creators comes from the repertoire payment so this is likely the overwhelming majority of direct creator payments from Access Copyright. The posting also takes aim at the high Access Copyright administrative costs and the lack of Access Copyright transparency, noting “there has been little independent information revealed to AC members. In fact, the information revealed has been quite the opposite.”