Monday, June 13, 2011

League of Canadian Poets votes on Access Copyright

At its Annual General Meeting this weekend the League of Canadian Poets passed the following resolution [BIRT = Be it resolved that]:

Regarding the TWUC Motion on Creator Copyright:
a) Support for TWUC motion on creator copyright: Whereas the Writers' Union of Canada strongly approved the following motion at its 2011 Annual General Meeting:
"Recognizing that collective licensing of copyright is a vital interest of the creator community, but that creators receive an inadequate share of the revenues of Access Copyright and are unable to control how the copyright income raised in their name is managed
And Recognizing that key differences in the copyright interests of publishers and creators will always prevent Access Copyright from fully and effectively representing creators' copyright interests,
Moved that one solution is an operational separation of creators' and publishers' interests in collective licensing, for instance, by the British model of a creator-run distribution collective that controls and distributes the half of collective revenues that belong to creators,
And Moved that National Council direct an investigation as to how a significant reform of collective licensing in Canada can be brought about at the earliest possible moment."
BIRT the League of Canadian Poets supports this motion and will send a representative to the joint signatory committee investigating creator copyright.
b) Contribution of material to creator copyright committee: Whereas members of the LCP, notably Cathy Ford and Dennis Reid, have undertaken considerable research over the last five years into creator copyright at Access Copyright:
BIRT the League representative to the joint-signatory investigative committee on creator copyright present research and recommendations from the League to that committee for consideration; in addition, the League recommends that the committee consult with Dennis Reid and Cathy Ford as appropriate.

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