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Pay your copying bill, or pay a much bigger bill

By John Degen      

Statutory damages for copyright infringement in most other Copyright Board tariffs   carry enough heft to actually protect the marketplace, writes John Degen of the Writers' Union of Canada.

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly's department is jointly responsible for overseeing the review of the Copyright Act. The Writes' Union of Canada is calling on the government to increase the statutory damages to draw educators back to the negotiating table. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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In a recent op-ed in this paper, Glenn Rollans from the Association of Canadian Publishers called on government to encourage educators to come back to the negotiating table for copyright licensing. One simple change at the Copyright Board would go a long way toward that outcome —an increase in statutory damages. Nothing encourages payment like knowing not paying would cost a whole lot more. Parliament is wrestling with mistakes made when the Copyright Act was last amended. Two different committees

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