Access Copyright Sues Staples/Business Depot for Copyright Infringement

    TORONTO, Nov. 15 /CNW/ - Access Copyright, an organization representing
the copyright of almost 9,000 Canadian writers and publishers is suing
Staples/The Business Depot for copyright infringement.
    The lawsuit, filed by Access Copyright, contains the largest claim to
arise from copyright infringement of published works in Canada.
    The lawsuit seeks $10 million in damages, including a claim for punitive
    Staples/Business Depot is a sizeable, for-profit organization that has
built part of its business through a lucrative service that exploits the
published works of authors, photographers and publishers. Companies that
photocopy illegally are effectively taking money directly out of the pockets
of creators and publishers who depend on book sales and copyright royalties
for their livelihood.
    "Companies that profit from illegal photocopying are undermining the work
of others," said Maureen Cavan, Executive Director of Access Copyright.
"Staples/Business Depot is no different from those organizations that profit
from illegally downloading copyright protected music or the unauthorized
sharing of videos and published works on the internet."
    Access Copyright has been continuously investigating Staples/Business
Depot since 1998 in response to concerns raised by creators and publishers
over infringement activities. Despite repeated attempts by Access Copyright to
reach a settlement and come to an amicable resolution, Staples/Business Depot
has made no perceivable changes to their business practices.

    Access Copyright, The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency, is a
not-for-profit organization founded by Canadian creators and publishers to
meet the needs of users of copyright protected works, while ensuring fair
compensation for that use. Access Copyright works with organizations in all
sectors to help them operate legally by providing access to licences that
allow for the legitimate use of published copyright protected materials.

For further information:

For further information: Lesley Foster, Communications Manager, Access
Copyright,, (416) 868-1620 x223, 1-800-893-5777,

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