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Changes to Canadian Copyright Act positively impacts Catholic school board

By Kathy Yanchus • REVIEW STAFF

With changes to the Canadian Copyright Act, the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic School Board will save an estimated $143,000 in annual copyright fees.

By incorporating copyright changes as a result of the new Copyright Modernization Act, enacted last June, it will no longer be necessary for school boards to pay royalties based on a tariff established in 2005 by the Canadian Copyright Board.

With a Supreme Court of Canada ruling in July, which put forward “fair dealings” in educational settings that was then reinforced in the new copyright legislation, the board may also be eligible for a retroactive payback.

Schools will be informed of the fair dealings guidelines via memo as well as through the General Principals meeting this month, said Superintendent of Education, Ivana Fortino.

All teacher librarians will also be briefed on fair dealings guidelines at an upcoming leadership meeting and the board’s policy will be revised and sent to the policy committee and subsequently to the board for approval in December.

“We need to be in compliance before December 31,” said Fortino.

The board is also awaiting a decision on whether or not an invoice of $79,094.80 for copyright fees for the second half of this year, must be paid.

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