From Publishing Perspectives:
The International Publishers Association (IPA) has been compelled “to argue that Canada is a bad-case example of governments interfering with copyright and undermining the local market.”
That’s the message that the IPA’s vice president, Hugo Setzer, delivered on Wednesday (May 9) to a hearing of Canada’s Standing Committee on Industry, Science, and Technology.
The hearing, set in Toronto, was one of a series of such public feedback sessions being held through Friday (May 11) in various cities in Canada as part of a five-year review of the country’s 2012 Copyright Modernization Act.
“Our concern,” Setzer told the legislative hearing in Toronto, “is that Canada is now considered internationally an outlier, not only with its ‘fair dealing’ exception for education, but with its court-made law that equates fair dealing exceptions with so-called ‘user rights,’ all of which has resulted in loss of income for Canadian publishers and authors.”
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While we expect to report on some of the testimony offered by Prieur, Edwards, and Rollan, we want to focus today on the Setzer commentary to the hearing because until now, we have heard of no outside agency such as the International Publishers Association–which represents more than 76 member organizations from 65 nations’ publishing industries–having a chance to speak directly to Canadian legislators, who need to understand the damage that a loosely interpreted copyright exception is causing to their nation’s creative culture and character.
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And as readers will remember, the problems with the Copyright Modernization Act—as examined in a Toronto conference in November—have to do with the scope of a “fair dealing” exception (called “fair use” in some cultures) in education. Canadian universities have worked along the lines of a “10 percent” approach, which other educational institutions, including K-12 schools, have then adopted. In some settings, instructors have allowed themselves to copy up to 10 percent of a book, or a full chapter, and to then distribute this copied material to students without a publisher’s permission and without paying a licensing fee, sometimes called a tariff.
Link to the rest at Publishing Perspectives