The Copyright Board and Access Copyright: Latest Developments

Howard Knopf is all over the latest developments at the Copyright Board of Canada with Access Copyright.  He has two new posts (1, 2) on the issues related to the proposed interim tariff.


  1. A Short Thesis …
    What not only AC, but people in general, have to realize is it’s not business as usual in regards to negotiation tactics. What used to be done behind ‘closed’ doors and out of sight of the public is now just a tweet away. The internet and it’s affects on society has fundamentally changed the way information is disseminated. This most noticeably can be applied to media in digital form but also to information of any kind as evidenced by the recent ‘Wikigate’ and shall we call it ‘ACgate’?

    I’m sure there are many power brokers pining for the good ‘ol days when deal were made over a glass of port and a good cigar. Now when every citizen chugging back a on Dr. Pepper is privy to the conversation it ‘aint so simple.

    I am not a rose colored glasses type who thinks this is always for the best. There are times when too many voices are .. too many. But it is a new era and everyone from Governments to the RIAA, AC and down to the local PTA have to adjust to the new paradigms. Those who don’t will soon find themselves being shown the door.

  2. Re: A Short Thesis
    Agreed, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. You can take that from someone that has been in the technology industry longer than the internet has existed. I predate arpanet.

    Yes, not everything that has come about in the last 40 or so years is “good”, but not everything is “bad” either. It is certainly very different – in so many ways. The “information age” is just dawning, and the changes in society have just started.

  3. Just who are these guys?
    Here are some interesting questions. Just who is on this copyright board? Are they impartial? What organizations do they belong to? Are there any possible conflicts of interests? What is their accountability?

    Heck, our local school board has had to grapple with these issues.

    From the things I have been hearing lately on the behavior of the board … has someone tackled this already?

  4. ghd straighteners says:
    I think it’s importabt for our life.

  5. There’s no representative of the public or readers, that’s for sure.
    I had a quick look at their website, and here is what it says.

    Access Copyright was founded in 1988 by Canadian creators and publishers. Each year, at the Annual General Meeting, the member organizations that make up Access Copyright are given an opportunity to vote to fill vacancies on the Board of Directors.

    Creator groups

    Canadian Artists’ Representation (CARFAC)
    Canadian Association of Photographers and illustrators in Communications (CAPIC)
    Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)
    Canadian Authors Association (CAA)
    Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP)
    Crime Writers of Canada (CWC)
    Federation of British Columbia Writers (FBCW)
    League of Canadian Poets (LCP)
    Manitoba Writers’ Guild (MWG)
    Outdoor Writers of Canada (OWC)
    Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC)
    Playwrights Union of Canada (PUC)
    Saskatchewan Writers Guild (SWG)
    The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC)
    Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL)
    Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick (WFNB)
    Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS)
    Writers Guild of Alberta (WGA)

    Publisher groups

    Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA)
    Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia (ABPBC)
    Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP)
    Association of Canadian University Presses (ACUP)
    Association of Manitoba Book Publishers (AMBP)
    Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association (APMA)
    Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA)
    Canadian Association of Learned Journals (CALJ)
    Canadian Business Press (CBP)
    Canadian Community Newspapers Association (CCNA)
    Canadian Educational Resources Council (CERC)
    Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA)
    Canadian Newspaper Association (CNA)
    Canadian Publishers’ Council (CPC)
    Literary Press Group (LPG)
    Magazine Association of BC (MABC)
    Magazines Canada (CMPA)
    Organization of Book Publishers of Ontario (OBPO)
    Saskatchewan Publishers Group (SPG)
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