Tariff for photocopying set by Copyright Board of Canada

    TORONTO, June 30 /CNW/ - The Copyright Consortium of the Council of
Ministers of Education, Canada, is reviewing last week's decision by the
Copyright Board of Canada, which established the rate that must be paid to
Access Copyright, a collective representing certain authors and publishers, in
order for schools to photocopy published print materials. The rate applies to
schools operated by school boards in all Canadian provinces and territories
except Quebec, and will permit schools to photocopy materials for which the
copyright is held by members of Access Copyright.
    "We are pleased to have a decision on this important matter; however, we
will need time to assess the implications of this tariff on public education,"
said Marilyn More, Nova Scotia's minister of education and chair of the CMEC
Copyright Consortium.
    Access Copyright filed an application in 2004 requesting that the
Copyright Board of Canada establish a rate of $12.00 for each
full-time-equivalent student attending a kindergarten-to-grade-12 school. In
its recent decision, the Copyright Board set the rate at $4.64 per
full-time-equivalent student for the first four years of the tariff, 2005 to
2008. The rate will increase to $5.16 for 2009. The tariff, which applies to
all provinces and territories except Quebec, will cost about $20 million per
year, based on a student enrolment of about 4 million students.
    The decision replaces a five-year, pan-Canadian licence, which expired in
August 2004. Under that licence, the negotiated rated was $2.45 per full-time
student. "It has been a long process, which has resulted in a comprehensive
decision by the Copyright Board," said Ms. More. "I want to thank CMEC's
Copyright Consortium, in particular, the officials of the consortium's
steering committee, who worked so hard on this issue on behalf of students and
    "This has been a challenging issue for all parties involved," said Ms.
More. "We have to ensure that teachers have access to a wide variety of print
materials for their students. At the same time, our creators and publishers
must be fairly compensated for their work, which is of great value to teaching
and learning in our schools."

    CMEC is an intergovernmental body composed of the ministers responsible
for elementary-secondary and advanced education from the provinces and
territories. Through CMEC, ministers share information and undertake projects
in areas of mutual interest and concern. The CMEC Copyright Consortium
comprises members from all provinces and territories with the exception of

For further information:

For further information: Colin Bailey, Assistant Director,
Administration and Communications, Tel.: (416) 962-8100, ext. 259, Cell: (647)
308-2380, E-mail: c.bailey@cmec.ca

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