AUTHORS MOBILIZING TO SUPPORT COPYRIGHT:
COPIBEC AT THE QUEBEC CITY INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR
Montreal, April 8, 2019 – Representatives from Copibec will be attending the Salon international du livre de Québec between April 10 and 14 to mobilize authors in support of the Copyright Act review which is underway in Ottawa. A number of authors participating in the book fair have already indicated that they will publicly confirm their support for copyright.
“Quebec authors were very hard hit by the last review of the Copyright Act in 2012,” explained Frédérique Couette, Executive Director of Copibec. “They now understand that they’ll have to express their dissatisfaction so our elected officials will realize the negative impacts of the 2012 amendments and change course by ensuring better protection for creators.”
Copibec will hand out buttons, bookmarks and information documents during the book fair. The goal of this initiative is to inform and alert the author community as well as the general public about the real consequences that copyright can have on authors’ lives.
This mobilization has become necessary because of the damage caused in 2012 when the Act’s fair dealing exceptions were expanded to include education. That addition to the Act was catastrophic for authors because almost all the educational institutions in Canada, with the exception of those in Quebec, then stopped compensating the authors whose content was being reproduced.
“We need to put an end to this unfair and unjust situation for authors across Canada,” Frédérique Couette stated. “With the review of the Copyright Act underway in the House of Commons, authors have a unique opportunity to convince our politicians that balance needs to be restored in the Act. Events such as this book fair are the best places for us to be heard.”
Copibec is a non-profit social enterprise that belongs to the author and publisher community. It offers convenient, customized solutions that meet the needs of users of copyright-protected content. It is the Quebec counterpart of Access Copyright (Canada except Quebec), the Copyright Clearance Center (U.S.) and the Centre Français d’exploitation du droit de Copie (France).