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Monday, January 25, 2016

Access Copyright Demands Higher Royalties [Canada]

Access Copyright Demands Higher Royalties Due to Education Investment in Technology

Michael Geist | January 19, 2016

When the Supreme Court of Canada issued its SODRAC v. CBC decision last fall, critics warned that the decision may be anti-technology. The majority of the court ruling included a paragraph in which it suggested that users that invest in new technologies may be required to share some of the benefits with copyright holders:
Where the user of one technology derives greater value from the use of reproductions of copyright protected work than another user using reproductions of the copyright protected work in a different technology, technological neutrality will imply that the copyright holder should be entitled to a larger royalty from the user who obtains such greater value. Simply put, it would not be technologically neutral to treat these two technologies as if they were deriving the same value from the reproductions.
The danger with the decision should be immediately obvious as it creates disincentives to invest in new technologies. 

Here in Canada a Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency called Access Copyright has been operating since 1988. Access Copyright establishes licensing agreements that provide users with the ability to copy from millions of copyright protected materials while ensuring over nine thousand creators and publishers are fairly compensated. Source:

<more at; related links: (Why the Supreme Court’s Endorsement of Technological Neutrality in Copyright May Be Anti-Technology. November 26, 2015) and (RE: Access Copyright Post-Secondary Educational Institutions Tariff, 2011-2017 - Notice of the Board [CB-CDA 2016-03]. January 14, 2016)>

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