On Thursday, October 6, Access Copyright will launch a Day of Action to say it’s time to fix the Copyright Act.
Access Copyright needs as many as possible to take part on October 6 and visit the I Value Canadian Stories website to send a letter to Minister Champagne, and also join the conversation on social media. To help fuel this effort, we hope that you will heartily encourage your members, as you’ve done so many times before, to take action and add their voice.
Below is a sample message that you are free to use and/or adapt for your membership. For maximum impact, we hope you can send this message to your membership by September 29. We will also send a message to you on October 5 with a secondary message to please send to your members on October 6.
SAMPLE MESSAGE TO SEND BY SEPTEMBER 29
Dear Member: With Parliament now back for its fall session, it’s critical that the 2022 federal budget commitment to fix the Copyright Act be top of mind as the government identifies its key priorities for the coming months.
The I Value Canadian Stories coalition is launching a Day of Action on Thursday, October 6 to help ensure that the government lives up to its promise to restore fair compensation to creators and publishers as part of a sustainable educational marketplace.
Creators and publishers have been waiting ten years for this issue to be resolved.
While we applaud the budget commitment made last spring, we know that we still have a substantial hill to climb to get the job done and finally fix the Copyright Act. We can’t wait any longer. That’s why we heartily encourage each of you to get involved on October 6.
On October 6, visit the I Value Canadian Stories website. The website will have easy-to-use, built-in tools to:
- SEND A LETTER: Enter your name and email address to send a letter to Minister Champagne urging them to take immediate action to fix Canada’s Copyright Act.
- SPREAD THE WORD: Join the conversation by sharing a message on social media to further press the federal government to support Canadian creators and publishers and/or to encourage others to send a letter too.
Your actions on October 6 to make your voice heard will make sure that the federal government hears loud and clear that Canada’s creator and publisher community are collectively holding them accountable to their commitment.
Robert Gilbert (he/him/his)
Communications Specialist and Affiliate Relations
Access Copyright, The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency