The International Authors Forum has written to the Chair of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology in Canada, raising concerns with the ongoing unregulated extension of “fair dealing” in education to the disadvantage of authors.
The IAF has supported Canadian authors on these issues before and had hoped that Canadian authors would see fairer remuneration. The International Authors Forum calls for the fair dealing principle in Canadian education to be kept in check, hopefully by looking to the positive examples of extended licensing agreements established in other countries ensuring materials for students and remuneration for authors. The International Authors Forum supports a reasonable relationship between user access and creator reward. Respecting this mutually beneficial relationship drives creation and creates opportunities for students to access high-quality work. Without reasonable and effective creator reward in the current context, Canadian copyright has fallen out of balance. In consideration of this, we hope that the balance of access and reward is reviewed and a new solution is found with Canadian creators.