The full motion passed at the plenary session of the TWUC AGM states:
RECOGNIZING that collective licensing of copyright is a vital interest of the creator community, but that creators receive an inadequate share of the revenues of Access Copyright and are unable to control how the copyright income raised in their name is managed
And RECOGNIZING that key differences in the copyright interests of publishers and creators will always prevent Access Copyright from fully and effectively representing creators’ copyright interests
MOVED that a solution is an operational separation of creators’ and publishers’ interests in collective licensing, for instance, by the British model of a creator-run distribution collective that controls and distributes the half of collective revenues that belong to creators.
And MOVED that National Council direct an investigation as to how this significant reform of collective licensing in Canada can be brought about at the earliest possible moment.
The motion apparently passed with one abstention and opposition from only three people, all Access Copyright board members.
While Access Copyright supporters – who are typically board members or former board members – invariably deride criticism as uniformed and critics as opponents of collective licensing, the reality is that many authors can see for themselves an organization that has failed to address years of transparency and accountability concerns. It took great courage for the TWUC to fight back yesterday with a motion that leaves no doubt that the current Access Copyright approach does not enjoy the backing of Canada’s creative community. The vote of non-confidence seems likely to set in motion dramatic changes that will force Access Copyright to finally address its critics with something other than silence or contempt.