Monday, December 06, 2010

More Confusion At the Copyright Board - more time for AC to get it right?

Here’s the latest from the Copyright Board from this afternoon. If the Board can’t figure out what AC is up to, how are all the objectors and users supposed to do so? Interesting comment re French version. S. 70.13 requires new tariff to be filed in BOTH official languages. 
This is another example of why the interim tariff should be refused outright at this time  - or a lengthy delay and oral hearing should be provided to ensure fairness.

Wednesday - (or is it today December 6???) - gives objectors and intervenors virtually no time respond to yet more surprises by new due date of Dec. 10. 

This is shaping up to be very questionable from a "fairness" standpoint.


PS - the Board has corrected the error referred to above:

Please note that in the Order below, which was just released, the first line of paragraph 1) should have read:
1) Access shall file, no later than by 5 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 (and not Wednesday, December 6, 2010):
We apologize for any inconvenience this might have created.
That's not enough time in my view. It gives the objectors only two days to respond to the full picture, whatever that may be. AC has had years to figure this out. 


From: "" <>
Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2010 15:54:47 -0500

[email addresses omitted[

Subject: Access Copyright Post-Secondary Educational Institutions Tariff (2011-2013)


Further to Access Copyright filing a draft interim tariff pursuant to the Board's notice of December 3, last, the Board further orders as follows.

1) Access shall file, no later than by 5 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, December 6, 2010:

    (a) a table indicating precisely the source for each provision of the proposed interim tariff. If any provision in the interim tariff is new, its purpose shall be explained.
    (b) a table correlating the model licence with the provisions of the proposed interim tariff. Where a provision of the licence is not in the interim tariff, an explanation shall be provided.

Any question Access may have in this regard should be directed to the Board's General Counsel.

2) Access shall also file at the same time any existing French version of the model licence or any other licence.

Gilles McDougall
A/Secretary General | Secrétaire général par int.

Copyright Board of Canada | Commission du droit d'auteur du Canada
56 Sparks, Suite| Bureau 800
Ottawa ON K1A 0C9
Telephone | Téléphone 613.952.8624

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