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Newsletter - December 17, 2018
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A hectic year draws to a close

There’s been a lot going on at Copibec during the past year, and December has been no exception. Before taking some time off to rest and recharge (December 21 to January 6), we wanted to give you the latest news from your favourite copyright collective!

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Executive Director’s update

We’ve nearly reached the end of a very hectic year at Copibec. We have some interesting news to share with you before the holiday break, which we hope will be a festive and joyous time for all of you as well as us. One of our big news items is the education sector payment that thousands of Quebec creators have been eagerly awaiting.

As part of the Copyright Act review spearheaded by the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage was asked to examine the various remuneration models for creators. Copibec, UNEQ and Access Copyright were invited to appear before the Committee on November 29. I spoke on behalf of Copibec to inform the Members of Parliament about the undeniable advantages of collective licensing. Our memorandum was sudmitted to the Committee on December 14, 2018 (in French).

We have also completed our 2018 education sector payment. A total of more than $7 million was sent out to thousands of rightsholders. That’s the largest amount distributed by Copibec in any given year. If you’ve received a royalty payment and have questions, feel free to contact our team of specialists!

This will be the last news update of the year. I’d like to remind you that our office will be closed for the holiday season from December 21 to January 6, inclusively. On behalf of the entire Copibec team, best wishes for the holidays and the New Year! We look forward to serving you in 2019!

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Copyright here and everywhere

Double loss for the Quebec literary community

It’s the end for the World Book and Copyright Day and the Académie des lettres du Québec. The federal government’s decision to withdraw funding was a fatal blow in both cases. Founded in 1944, the Académie des lettres du Québec shut down after almost 75 years of activities. What’s more, World Book and Copyright Day will no longer be celebrated in Quebec after nearly 25 years. It was a pleasure for Copibec to take part in that project as a member of the steering committee.

Read the article in Le Devoir (in French).

Good year for the Montreal Book Fair

Attendance at this year’s edition of the Salon du livre de Montréal was up by 1,000 from last year, despite the early snow! The book fair brought together more than 120,000 people, about 900 publishers and even a few politicians. It just goes to show that literature can still attract crowds.

Read the article by TVA (in French).

French organizations accuse Google of disinformation

In a press release that referred to a massive, unprecedented disinformation campaign and unacceptable user manipulation, about 30 French copyright collectives, professional associations and television networks came together to speak out against Google’s attempts to get content users to fight the adoption of Article 13 and neighbouring rights.

Read the press release from SACEM (in French).

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On November 29, 2018, Copibec’s Executive Director, Frédérique Couette, appeared before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage as part of its examination of the remuneration models for (...)

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Over $7 million distributed for 2018 education sector payment

The education sector plays a crucial role in creators’ compensation

Copibec has completed its biggest payment of the year! A total of $7,336,641.06 was distributed to (...)

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