Nordicity's expert evidence cited in Copyright Board decision on literary works
in Toronto on May 28, 2015

On May 22, 2015, the Copyright Board of Canada released its decision regarding the copyright royalties that provincial and territorial governments in Canada must pay to Access Copyright for the reprographic reproduction of literary works between 2005 and 2014.

As part of this Copyright Board proceeding, Nordicity provided expert evidence on behalf of a consortium of provincial and territorial governments. Nordicity’s analysis concluded that the copyright royalty rates should be set at between $0.01 and $0.22 per employee for 2005-2009, and between $0.07 and $0.73 per employee for 2010-2014.

The Copyright Board’s decision set the royalty rates at $0.1156 for 2005-2009 and $0.4971 for 2010-2014.

In hearing of the decision, Dustin Chodorowicz, Partner at Nordicity, said:

“We’re very pleased that our clients have received such a favourable outcome from the Copyright Board, under which they will have to pay total royalties of only $370,000 for the 10-year period. We congratulate the entire legal team and other expert witnesses who helped the Board reach this decision.”

A full copy of the Copyright Board’s decision can be found on the Copyright Board of Canada website: Link here.

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