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Copibec signs a new agreement with the MELS

Copibec recently announced the signing of a new agreement with the Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sport relating to the reproduction of copyrighted works on digital media. In addition, 3 major school publishing houses have entrusted the management of their digital reproduction rights to Copibec, namely Chenelière education (TC Media), Éditions CEC (Quebecor Media) and Erpi (Pearson education).

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Copibec recently announced the signing of a new agreement with the Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sport relating to the reproduction of copyrighted works on digital media. In addition, 3 major school publishing houses have entrusted the management of their digital reproduction rights to Copibec, namely Chenelière education (TC Media), Éditions CEC (Quebecor Media) and Erpi (Pearson education).

Montreal, March 6, 2014 - Copibec is pleased to announce the conclusion of a new agreement with the Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport relating to the reproduction of copyrighted works on digital media.

Minister Marie Malavoy once again demonstrated the value she placed on the work of authors and publishers. The new agreement provides for an annual payment to Copibec of 490,000 $ in royalties. This sum is in addition to the $ 3.5 million already paid annually by the MELS for the paper reproduction of extracts from protected works.

For their part, the ministers of education of the other Canadian provinces have instead chosen to rely arbitrarily on the new provision of “equitable use for educational purposes” incorporated into the Act. Copyright law to justify their refusal to compensate authors and publishers for the millions of pages reproduced annually in schools. We are pleased to see that the Quebec minister gives full meaning to the word “fair”.

Quebec schools and school boards will be able to benefit all the more from this new MELS-Copibec agreement as, quite recently, three major school publishing houses have entrusted the management of their digital reproduction rights to Copibec. . These are Chenelière education (TC Media), Éditions CEC (Quebecor Media) and Erpi (Pearson education). Some 15,000 titles are added to Copibec's repertoire for reproduction on digital media. This significant contribution of titles from Quebec publishers comes at the right time, even as Copibec is preparing to begin negotiations with the higher education sector.

For more information on the various licenses in the education sector (terms and conditions, permitted limits, exclusion lists, etc.), visit theTeaching area by Copibec (copibeceducation.ca).

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