The Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology continues its year-long review of copyright this week with a mix of witnesses from education, libraries, writers, and publishers. The Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois (UNEQ), which represents Quebec-based writers, appeared yesterday and submitted a brief to the committee with its key recommendations. There are several that will attract attention, including increased damages and an expansion of the private copying levy to cover e-readers, hard drives, and USB keys (a recommendation that may stem from a misunderstanding of the levy which is only for music). However, the most troubling is how the group takes aim at copyright user’s rights.
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Quebec Writers Group Calls for an End to Copyright Exceptions: “Only Where Access is Otherwise Impossible”
CultureLibre reports that the UNEQ, the primary Quebec author lobby group, has issued a new copyright position paper that criticizes the expansion of fair dealing and calls for an extended licensing system.
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