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Access copyright launches Creators Calling on Ottawa

2 Nov 2021 1:10 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

Access Copyright invites you to take part in an important campaign entitled Creators Calling on Ottawa.

On October 26, the federal government announced its new Cabinet. With new and returning Ministers around the Cabinet table, we must act now to continue to urge the federal government to amend the Copyright Act so that creators and publishers are paid for the copying of their works by the education sector. This short video explains what’s at stake and why it’s critical that the government takes action now. That’s where we hope you will step in. It’s simple to add your voice.

  1. Take a selfie of yourself holding one of your books.
  2. Post the picture to your social media account(s) with a short message sharing why the Copyright Act needs to be amended.
    • Here are two sample messages you can use or adapt:
      • For 10 years, creators like me have not been paid by educational institutions when our work is copied. Please support amending the Copyright Act so I can keep telling Canadian stories.
      • To keep creating Canadian stories like the ones I write, the education sector needs to pay for the use of our work. The government needs to fix the Copyright Act.
  3. Be sure to tag Prime Minister Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau), Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez (@pablorodriguez) & Innovation, Science and Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne (@FP_Champagne), and also add the hashtags #IValueCdnStories, #cdnpoli, and #creatorscallingonottawa.

You’ll find an example post here.

Share our message! Please pass along this message to any creator friends and encourage them to get involved as well.

Not on social media? No problem. Just send us a photo along with the message you’d like to share and we’ll post it on our social networks.

We hope you’ll add your voice to the Creators Calling on Ottawa campaign. 

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