Canadian publishers welcome settlement between Laval University and Copibec

The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) congratulates Copibec and Laval University on reaching an amicable resolution to their longstanding dispute over unlicensed copying of copyright-protected materials.

The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) congratulates Copibec and Laval University on reaching an amicable resolution to their longstanding dispute over unlicensed copying of copyright-protected materials. Laval ended its licensing agreement with Copibec in 2014, which prompted the copyright collective to bring forward the suit against the university on behalf of publishers and creators.

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Study: Canada’s policy on foreign control in the book industry is ineffective

On the occasion of its 2018 Annual General Meeting, today the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) released Net Benefit: Canada’s Policy on Foreign Investment in the Book Industry. This longitudinal study commissioned by the association’s membership in 2017, was sparked by renewed public discussion in 2017 around the sale of McClelland and Stewart to Random House. Cultural policy consultant Roy MacSkimming examines the implementation of the Revised Foreign Investment Policy in Book Publishing and Distribution (1992) by successive governments over the past 25 years. His report shows broad disparities and inconsistencies in the policy’s implementation.

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Independent publishers respond to provincial governments’ legal attacks on Canadian creators and publishers

The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) is alarmed by the legal actions launched last week by Ministries of Education for all provinces and territories (except Quebec, and in Ontario through the provinces’ school boards) against the Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency (Access Copyright) demanding repayment of more than $25 million collected under a legally certified tariff for the period of 2010 to 2012.

The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) is alarmed by the legal actions launched last week by Ministries of Education for all provinces and territories (except Quebec, and in Ontario through the provinces’ school boards) against the Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency (Access Copyright) demanding repayment of more than $25 million collected under a legally certified tariff for the period of 2010 to 2012. ACP calls on the Ministries and school boards to withdraw the suits, pay the tariffs certified by the Copyright Board for the copying of materials in K-12 schools for the period beginning in 2013, and bring Canadian K-12 schools back under licence.

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Job Opportunity: ACP is seeking an Administrative Assistant

ACP is currently seeking a full-time Administrative Assistant. Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with the Program Manager, the Administrative Assistant will work from ACP’s downtown Toronto office and be involved in a broad range of association activities.

ACP is currently seeking a full-time Administrative Assistant. Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with the Program Manager, the Administrative Assistant will work from ACP’s downtown Toronto office and be involved in a broad range of association activities.

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Canadian publishers call for renewed dialogue with universities on fair compensation to creators

In light of York University’s announcement that it will appeal last month’s Federal Court of Canada decision in Access Copyright vs York University, the ACP calls on York to stop relying on the copying policies that the Court found unfair, to end the illegal behaviours that result from those policies, and to re-engage in negotiations on fair compensation for the copying and use of copyright-protected material.

In light of York University’s announcement that it will appeal last month’s Federal Court of Canada decision in Access Copyright vs York University, the ACP calls on York to stop relying on the copying policies that the Court found unfair, to end the illegal behaviours that result from those policies, and to re-engage in negotiations on fair compensation for the copying and use of copyright-protected material.

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ACP releases submission on NAFTA and Canadian book publishing

In its submission to Global Affairs Canada’s consultations on the upcoming renegotiation and modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the ACP calls for maintenance of NAFTA’s cultural exception, a renewed commitment to Canadian ownership of cultural industries, and stronger protections for copyright and intellectual property. 

In its submission to Global Affairs Canada’s consultations on the upcoming renegotiation and modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the ACP calls for maintenance of NAFTA’s cultural exception, a renewed commitment to Canadian ownership of cultural industries, and stronger protections for copyright and intellectual property.

The first round of NAFTA negotiations is scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C., from August 16-20, 2017.

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ACP Welcomes the Government of Canada commitment to strong, domestic creative industries

The ACP is pleased to see initiatives related to book publishing within the Government of Canada’s Creative Canada Policy Framework, which was released by Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly last week.

The ACP is pleased to see initiatives related to book publishing within the Government of Canada’s Creative Canada Policy Framework, which was released by Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly last week. Support for an effective and well-funcioting copyright regime and continued support for the marketing and distribution of Canadian books through the Canada Book Fund are among the commitments made by the Minister.

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Federal Supports

Writers are eligible for funding through a variety of programs available through the Canada Council. The Canadian government offers a number of funding options to assist publishers with their publishing programs.

Writers grants

Canada Council *Please note that these grants are for professional writers.

Writers are eligible for funding through a variety of programs available through the Canada Council. For more information visit canadacouncil.ca/funding/grants.

Public Landing Right
The Canada Council distributes annual payments to Canadian authors through the Public Lending Right (PLR) Program as compensation for the free public access to their books through Canadian public libraries. The registration period is open from February 15 through May 1 each year. Visit www.plr-dpp.ca for more information.

Publishing Grants and Funding

The Canadian government offers a number of funding options to assist publishers with their publishing programs. Funding is available at both the federal and provincial level, and eligibility varies based on the types of grants and funding organizations. For more information on provincial grants and funding, please visit your provincial government’s website.

For more information on federal funding, please see the list below.

Department of Canadian Heritage

Funding program: Canada Book Fund

The Canada Book Fund (CBF) ensures access to a diverse range of Canadian-authored books nationally and internationally, by fostering a strong book industry that publishes and markets Canadian-authored books.

The CBF’s Support for Publishers stream has two components: Business Development and Publishing Support.

For more information, visit: canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1449765951312/1449765951315

Canada Council for the Arts

Publishers of literary works are eligible for funding support through a range of programs offered by the Canada Council for the Arts.

For more information, visit: canadacouncil.ca/funding/grants

Independent publishers applaud Federal Court’s decision on Access Copyright v. York University

The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) welcomes the decision of the Federal Court in the case of Access Copyright v. York University.

The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) welcomes the decision of the Federal Court in the case of Access Copyright v. York University. The Court found that the guidelines around fair dealing are not fair and tariffs certified by the Copyright Board are enforceable.

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