Promises to curb photocopying replaced by sweeping claims of entitltement.
Bill C-11, or rather one highly-disputed part of the bill — the inclusion of “education” as a fair dealing category — has already inflicted potentially irreversible damage to the incomes of Canada’s professional writers and publishers.
Educational licences worth millions of dollars in annual royalty payments are currently unsigned and far overdue, royalty cheques uncut. Populist free culture advocates berate, abuse and insult the collective solidarity of Canada’s creative sector, while the educational publishing business broods under a dark cloud. Meanwhile, frontline teachers and students are more confused than ever about what they can and cannot copy…