The Copyright Board of Canada has responded positively to a request by Access Copyright, the Canadian RRO, to schedule an oral hearing during which its proposed post-secondary tariffs will be discussed. The Copyright Board also agreed to consolidate the tariff proceedings for the years 2011-2014 and 2014-2017 as suggested by Access Copyright.
This will enable Access Copyright and its experts to give evidence and testify about key issues in the tariff proceedings, with respect to the volume of compensable copying undertaken by the post-secondary institutions that are subject to the tariffs and the appropriate royalty rates, and also the extent and applicability of the fair dealing exception. This is particularly important in the light of the recently published PwC study that IFRRO had reported about and that shows that educational publishing in Canada is at risk due to the refusal to take up licences and pay fair remuneration to rightholders.
The hearing is scheduled for 19 January 2016.