Access Copyright Announce Downsizing and Restructuring

Date: 14th July 2023

Access Copyright’s Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to initiate a significant downsizing and restructuring of the organization due to the federal government’s decade-long inaction in fixing Canada’s publishing marketplace.

This decision comes due to changes in fair dealing provisions in the Copyright Act, since 2012, Canadian writers, visual artists, and publishers – an indispensable part of Canada’s culture – have been deprived of over $200 million in unpaid royalties under tariffs certified by the Copyright Board of Canada.

Access Copyright continues to urge the federal government to work with the organization and the sector to prevent its collapse and avoid the harm that is on the horizon for the writers, visual artists and publishers it represents.

Read the full press release online.

About Access Copyright

For over 30 years, Access Copyright has facilitated content use for educational and professional purposes. Access Copyright has helped people make customized use of published materials combined with an assurance that the original creators and publishers also benefit, so that they can continue creating new and innovative works. This is vitally important to a strong Canadian culture and to all who rely on quality publications.

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Amy Cormier, Head of Communications & Marketing,


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