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Newsletter - December 12, 2019
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Year-end win for copyright

Copibec ends the year with a strong showing at the Montreal book fair

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Executive Director’s update

The arrival of the winter season doesn’t mean your copyright collective has slowed down the pace of our work. Members of our team were in attendance at the Salon du livre de Montréal in support of authors and their publishers in their efforts to push for a Copyright Act that takes their interests into account. Over 250 people were actively involved in asking the federal government to update the Act so that educational institutions pay a fair price when they use excerpts from copyrighted content in class.

These mobilization efforts also attracted attention from the media. For example, I was a guest on the TV program RDI Économie. Caroline Lacroix, our Communications and Rightsholder Services Director, participated in the radio program Les Effrontés and author Geneviève Blouin, our spokesperson, was on ICI Première’s program Désautels le dimanche. In addition, Geneviève and author Bryan Perro were interviewed by various print media about this issue, including La Presse canadienne, La Presse, L’actualité, Le Soleil and L'ActuaLitté.

In conjunction with those efforts, we’re continuing our day-to-day work such as distributing royalties. Over $1.4 million was paid out in the lump sum (repertoire) payment for books.

We’ll soon be doing the education sector royalty distribution, our largest of the year. On an exceptional basis, it will be divided in two. Payments for content reproduced by elementary, high school and college institutions as well as ministry exams will be completed by year end. Royalties for content reproduced by universities will be distributed early in 2020. At the same time, we’ll pay out the amounts received from Université Laval in the wake of our lawsuit that was settled out of court in November 2018.

At the team level, the time has come to say goodbye to Rémi Charest, education sector assistant, who has moved on to other challenges. We’d like to wish him much success in his new endeavours.

In October, our team welcomed Bayard Donkou, our new IT analyst-advisor. He has extensive experience in developing applications and designing, deploying and administering extended networks.

And our most recent new hire is Morgane Chaffiraud, education sector assistant. She will take over from Xavier Daffe-Bordeleau to handle requests for accessible digital content. We’re pleased to welcome both of our new recruits!

With the Holidays fast approaching, please note that our office will be closed starting on Thursday, December 19. Our team will be back at work on Monday, January 6, 2020. For now, all that’s left is to wish you all a joyous holiday season and a Happy New Year.

Frédérique Couette
Executive Director

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Our most popular articles in 2019

It’s clear that you’re interested in simple, informative articles about copyright. The articles written by your team of specialists were read about 20,000 times in 2019! Here are the top 5 most viewed articles from this past year. They’re all available on our site. We hope you find them helpful!

1. Do you know what an ISBN is?

Learn everything you need to know about the number that identifies your favourite literary works, including its main purpose and how to obtain one.

2. Do you know what moral rights are?

Copyright is subdivided into other rights, including moral rights. We explain them to you in this text.

3. What to do if your content is posted online illegally?

If you find yourself in a situation where your content has been posted online without your consent, what should you do? We offer some solutions.

4. How to use web content in class while respecting copyright?

Here are some tips to ensure that you comply with the Copyright Act in the classroom. Use our decision tree to determine how to use online content legally in a way that’s fair to the copyright owner.

5. Do you know what the Berne Convention is?

As an international copyright treaty, the Berne Convention sets out the basic principles that the 175 signatory countries must guarantee in their copyright policies and legislation.

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Looking back at 2019

This past year was an exciting one for authors and their publishers. More than ever before, our community took action to defend our rights while the House of Commons was reviewing the Copyright (...)

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