The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) is frustrated and disappointed by the Federal Court of Appeal’s April 22 decision related to the legal action between Access Copyright and York University. Though the Court confirmed the lower-court decision that fair dealing guidelines adopted by York do not meet the Supreme Court’s test for fair dealing, it did not uphold the decision that tariffs certified by the Copyright Board are mandatory. In essence, the decision reaffirms that the Canadian education sector has engaged in illegal and unfair copying on a systematic basis, and makes the prospect of enforcement for small- and medium-sized publishers impossible.
On World Book and Copyright Day, the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) joins the global book industry in calling on governments to support the sector through the implementation of economic stimulus packages in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The association is proud to join Canadian colleagues in endorsing a joint statement issued this morning by the European and International Booksellers Federation, the International Authors Forum, the International Publishers Association, and the International Association of Scientific, Technical, and Medical Publishers.