Welcome to the website of the Creators' Copyright Coalition. We at the CCC are committed to access to our creative works just as we are committed to copyright: we work for copyright legislation that ensures both. Here on our op-ed pages we will be posting opinion, commentary, links, and news of interest to creators and others engaged in copyright reform. Elsewhere, you'll find our archive of studies, handbooks and press releases. And while we're not currently hosting a discussion forum, comments sent to us may be posted or noted here (unless you ask us not to).

Journalist studies copyright lobbying

By Op-Ed Editor | September 26, 2006

Simon Doyle, senior reporter at Ottawa’s Hill Times, has a new self-published book, Prey to Thievery, on the lobbying process by which recent copyright bills have been made and influenced. He’s writing about it in the current Hill Times – but he’s also made the book available as a purchaseable download at www.lulu.com. One of his teaser lines: the 1997 copyright revisions produced the most extensive lobbying the Hill had ever seen. And that was nothing compared to the workup to Bill C-60 last year.

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Copycamp — lots of stuff up

By Op-Ed Editor | September 21, 2006

CopyCamp is on at Ryerson U in Toronto Thursday to Saturday, September 26-28. And there is lots up on the CopyCamp website www.copycamp.ca, including profiles of participants, notes on sessions, a wiki, info on how to start a session, even the beginnings of a reading list.

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Who hates artists?

By Christopher Moore | September 6, 2006

Revealing story in the Globe & Mail this morning: a Canadian art dealer compares paying artists for their work to succumbing to a Nigerian internet scam.

The story is about the efforts of SODRAC, on behalf of authors, composers, and publishers, to secure payment of reproduction rights fees when galleries, museums, and others publish their work.

What’s striking is the anger directed by arts professionals, people who make their livings on the work of Canadian artists, at the very idea that artists have a right to be paid for their work. John McAvity, ED of the Canadian Museums Association, warns darkly about killing the art market. Patricia Feheley, president of the Art Dealers Association, says galleries and dealers cannot afford to pay artists. Other dealers and auctioneers admit paying artists for their rights is routine in the United States and Europe. But Kevin King of Calgary’s Hodgins Art Auctions says the whole concept simply made him angry. He’d rather pay lawyers than artists.

Long way to go, artists. If these guys think of artists’ rights this way, it’s no wonder educators and librarians and professors have that sense of unlimited entitlement to creators’ work

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