Fair Dealing Fake News: When Seeking a Refund Arising From Copyright Over-Payments Becomes a "Legal Attack on Writers" - Michael Geist
With the Canadian copyright review likely to commence in a few weeks, the hysteria associated with fair dealing - much of it disconnected from the economic reality of spending on copyright works since 2012 - promises to hit a fever pitch. Access Copyright and the Writers Union of Canada got off to an early start in their reaction to a lawsuit filed last week by Canadian school boards and Ministries of Education seeking a refund for years of over-payments that has cost schools more than $25 million. The groups described the lawsuit as "an outrageous attack on Canada's writers" and "simply intimidation."