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Newsletter - February 14, 2019
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Visual arts, copyright news from Canada and beyond, and fresh new faces

You may already know that 2019 is a lump-sum payment year, starting with visual artists! This will be our 10th payment in the 20 years we’ve been operating. We’re also pleased to welcome two new recruits to our team. Complete details are available in our Executive Director’s update.

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Executive Director’s update

February is a much-anticipated month for visual artists because it marks the beginning of the registration period for the visual arts payment. You can start registering your works immediately so you’ll be eligible to benefit from the payment. Whether you’ve received this type of payment in the past or you’re a newly registered artist, please review the terms and conditions. A mistake or omission could prevent you from receiving hundreds of dollars in royalties.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to welcome Danielle Turcot, a new team member joining us as Finance Director! She’s taking over from Carol Géhin, who left in December. We wish them both much success and satisfaction in their new positions!

Copibec also welcomed Roseline Lemire-Cadieux has our new Businesses and Governments Officer. She will be part of our team from now on until July.

And lastly, Copibec has a wide range of projects underway. Some of them will be announced very soon. Check out the News section of our site and follow us on Facebook and Twitter so you won’t miss anything!

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Copyright here and everywhere

What no one tells you about Article 13

Article 13 of the European copyright directive has been the subject of passionate debate recently but what does it really mean for Web giants such as Google and YouTube? In response to Google’s disinformation campaign, YouTubers from Le Tatou channel made a video in December to set the record straight.

View the video on Le Tatou (in French with English subtitles).

France and Germany compromise on Article 13

European Union members France and Germany had not been in agreement about Article 13 for some time, which caused negotiations for the European copyright directive to come to a standstill. A tripartite meeting between the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council representing the Union’s 28 member states has been held last week and has permitted to reach an agreement.

Read the article in L’ActuaLitté (in French).

French comedian still under fire for plagiarism

This is not the first time that Gad Elmaleh has been the focus of controversy. Back in 2007, he was accused of plagiarism after he “borrowed” one of Jerry Seinfeld’s jokes. Now, 12 years later, the YouTube channel CopyComic has posted two videos in an effort to demonstrate that he has repeated the same strategy on multiple occasions over the years.

The accusations have been taken seriously in Quebec, where Gad Elmaleh has been banned from the Montreal comedy club Le Bordel.

Read the article from Radio-Canada (in French). View the CopyComic videos: Part 1 and Part 2.

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Visual arts payment: Update your account now

Registration season is now officially open for the visual artists’ lump-sum (repertoire) payment and reserve! The deadline for registering your works is March 15, 2019.

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Copibec welcomes a new Finance Director

Let’s get to know the most recent addition to the Copibec team: Danielle Turcot! The new year brings us a new executive recruit who will be our Director – Finances, replacing Carol Géhin.

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