This week the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage released its study on remuneration models for artists and the creative industries. The study, which is available here was conducted during 2018. The Committee received 75 submissions, including one from IFRRO and also heard oral testimony from a number of IFRRO members, including access copyright and Copibec, each of which is quoted in the report. The report finds that the creative sector has been negatively impacted by changes to the Canadian environment for creative content, including the impact of technology, changes in consumer behaviours and the value gap.
The report makes a series of recommendations for possible solutions to these challenges and adopts recommendations made by IFRRO’s members Access Copyright and Copibec including that educational fair dealing should not apply to educational institutions when the work is commercially available, and that the government should promote a return to licensing through collecting societies for the education sector. The report also noted that many witnesses commented that collective licensing is an effective means of ensuring that students and educational institutions can easily and inexpensively access the copyrighted materials while providing creators and publishers with fair remuneration.