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Newsletter - February 13, 2020
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Université Laval payment made and artist payment coming soon

Yale report released and news from the European copyright reform.

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Executive Director’s update

The year is now well underway and your copyright collective’s operations are up to full speed. After paying the royalties received from Université Laval, our team is currently preparing a payment for visual artists and planning the next fiscal year.

Université Laval

At the start of February, the financial component of the lawsuit involving copyright owners and Université Laval was officially concluded. The royalties were paid out to the relevant authors and publishers. A total of $1,729,218 was distributed among nearly 6,000 authors and other rightsholders. An amount of $181,300 in compensatory moral rights damages was also paid to the authors whose content was reproduced by the university in 2013-2014.

Copibec is definitely pleased with this outcome and is optimistic about working collaboratively with Université Laval in the future.

Visual artist payment

This is a month that all the visual artists have been eagerly awaiting: registration season for the visual artist payment is now open. Copibec will pay royalties to visual arts creators whose content was reproduced in Quebec paper-format publications. The distributed amounts were generated under licensing agreements with content users such as the education, private and government sectors.

If you have a Copibec account, check your inbox. You may find a reminder from us asking you to register for this payment! Nothing in your inbox? Read our news update for complete details. You could be eligible!

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Frédérique Couette
Executive Director

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Copyright news from Canada and beyond

Pirated books on LinkedIn

You read that right: entire e-books are available on the SlideShare hosting service operated by LinkedIn. However, LinkedIn says that each copyright infringement case that they are notified about is handled quickly.

Read the article from L’ActuaLitté.

Yale report finally released

The Time to Act report on Canada’s communications future, which was prepared for the federal government by a committee of experts, was released on January 29. It contains 97 recommendations, including a proposal that broadcasting and telecommunications regulations should be applied to all companies, even those based outside Canada.

Read the article from CBC.

U.K. won’t be adopting European Copyright Directive

Member countries of the European Union have until 2021 to apply the new regulations under the directive issued in the spring of 2019. But because the United Kingdom left the EU on January 31 of this year, its government is not required to apply it and does not intend to do so.

Read the article from Les Echos.


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Visual arts: registration season has begun

The deadline to complete your registration has been extented to Tuesday, March 31, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Université Laval royalty payment

After months of work, we’re now ready to distribute the royalties paid under the out-of-court settlement between Copibec and Université Laval. This payment puts an end to a saga that first began (...)

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