Supreme Court of Canada

On Friday 30 July the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) issued its judgement in the York v Access Copyright case, deciding that certified tariffs are not mandatory in a blow to the collective administration of copyright in Canada. The judgement drew disappointed and critical reactions from authors and publishers, and mounting calls for urgent legislative reform to fix a broken system.  

WIPO ABC International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing photo

The shortlist for the 2021 ABC International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing has been posted. The WIPO led Accessible Books Consortium will unveil the names of the winners at the awards ceremony to be held at the Frankfurter Buchmesse on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

José Borghino talking at SCCR 41

The 41st session of the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) took place in hybrid format from 28 June to 1 July. Member States agreed not to embark on any law-making (normative) discussions while face-to-face meetings remain impractical, but that hasn’t stopped some from trying to use the pandemic as a pretext for more and broader exceptions and limitations to copyright, especially in the field of education publishing.


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