Access Copyright Calls for Massive Expansion of Damage Awards of Up To Ten Times Royalties - Michael Geist
The Canadian government's consultation on reform to the Copyright Board recently closed and the 60 written responses were just posted online (my response - which focuses on the public interest role of the Board - can be found here). I will have a more fulsome review of the responses in the weeks ahead, but in the meantime one of the most radical recommendations, from Access Copyright, is worthy of comment. The copyright collective has called for a massive expansion of damage awards, seeking a new statutory damages provision that could result in damage awards ten times the size of actual applicable royalties.
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