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Harmonizing statutory damages will improve Copyright Board

By Barry Sookman      

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains and Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly established the Copyright Board consultation to help creators get paid faster. The harmonization of statutory damages would help accomplish that.

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly, pictured recently in Ottawa, said 'We will reform the Copyright Board to ensure that we pay our artists faster and reduce costs for all parties.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

TORONTO—Everyone agrees that the Copyright Board needs fixing. A Senate committee recommended a full review in 2016. The government acted on the recommendation by convening a public consultation and received numerous submissions.

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