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Canadian publishers welcome the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s continued protection of cultural industries10-02-2018

The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) congratulates the Government of Canada on this week’s announcement of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). After more than a year of negotiations, the agreement maintains the cultural exception first established in the 1988 Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States, and continued under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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ACP's 2019 Pre-Budget Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance08-03-2018

ACP and ANEL have made a joint pre-budget submission to the Standing Committee on Finance. Together ANEL and ACP represent more than 215 book publishers, located in all ten provinces and Nunavut. Our members are independent businesses, owned and operated by Canadians, and they make critical contributions to Canada’s creative industries.

The brief can be accessed on our Government Briefs and Submissions page.

ACP statement on litigation between K-12 sector and Access Copyright07-23-2018

The Association of Canadian Publishers notes that Access Copyright has served and filed its Statement of Defence and Counterclaim in the legal action initiated by Ontario school boards and the Ministries of Education for all provinces and territories except Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec. Together those plaintiffs are seeking to recover more than $25 million collected by Access Copyright under a legally certified tariff for the period of 2010-2012.

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ACP launches Canadian Book Publishing Diversity Baseline Survey07-16-2018

The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) has launched a baseline survey to measure diversity in the Canadian book industry. Inspired by the Lee & Low Diversity Baseline Survey, the survey will measure the diversity of English-language Canadian book publishing workplaces.

The survey will be online until September 7, 2018 at 5:00 pm EDT and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. A link to the survey can be found below:

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Class action settlement regarding copyright: Copibec and Université Laval07-10-2018

On June 19, Copibec and Université Laval announced they had reached an amicable settlement, ending the class action that Copibec had filed on behalf of creators and publishers against Université Laval in 2014.

A legal Notice to Members has been issued. Authors and publishers are invited to read it and share with their networks.

No action is required on your behalf to be a member of the group or to receive compensation. 

The notice and the settlement agreement are available on Copibec’s website:
Legal Notice:
Settlement Agreement:

Updates related to the settlement will be posted on Copibec’s website.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

ACP welcomes Creative Export Strategy06-26-2018

The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) welcomes today’s announcement by Hon. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, of the Creative Export Strategy, which will invest $125 million over five years to support the export initiatives of Canada’s creative industries. In addition to the creation of Creative Export Canada, a new funding program, ACP is particularly pleased that the strategy will build on the success of existing Canadian Heritage programs, and will increase the export funding available through the Canada Book Fund (CBF) and other programs.

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Canadian publishers welcome settlement between Laval University and Copibec06-21-2018

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 ineffective06-06-2018

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 publishers02-28-2018

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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ACP releases submission on NAFTA and Canadian book publishing07-26-2017

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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