To meet the urgent needs of educational institutions that had to quickly deploy remote learning, Copibec expanded its service offering so that virtual classes could be held while continuing to ensure copyright compliance and compensation for copyright owners.
At the same time, our DONA platform was developed to provide convenient, legal access to digital content compatible with reading assistive technology. The DONA platform enables thousands of Quebec students with perceptual disabilities to use the same books and exercise books as their classmates.
Chair: Gilles Herman (Association nationale des éditeurs de livres)
Vice-Chair: Laurent Dubois (Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois)
Board Secretary: Yann Pineau (Quotidiens du Québec)
Treasurer: Simon Van Vliet (Association des journalistes indépendants du Québec)
Emmanuelle Bruno (ANEL)
Simon de Jocas (ANEL)
Mélissa Verreault (UNEQ)
Karine Légeron (UNEQ)
Lise Létourneau (Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels du Québec)
Hélène Hotton (Société de développement des périodiques culturels québécois)
Copibec is a non-profit social enterprise specializing in copyright management. As the representative for over 30,000 authors and 1,300 publishers, 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).
Since it was no longer possible to pay royalties by cheque because of the public health measures in effect, implementing direct deposit payments became a necessity. As a result, over $10 million in royalties were distributed to copyright owners during the 2021-2021 fiscal year.
Digital developments on the fast track and $10 million in royalties paid out
Montreal, September 24, 2021 — Following its Annual General Meeting on September 23, 2021, Copibec is pleased to announce that all the members of its Board of Directors have been re-elected.
The Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to underscore the important work done by the Copibec team this past year against the backdrop of the pandemic. “Despite the upheavals caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Copibec has successfully achieved its core mission of distributing royalties to authors and publishers,” noted Gilles Herman, Chair of the Copibec Board. “What’s more, the team transformed this crisis into an opportunity by fast-tracking the development of projects that are key to our future.”