<![CDATA[The Government of Canada is set to enact a series of changes to the country?s copyright legislation, which would make it easier for teachers to reproduce the work of freelancers and other writers without paying any royalties. The Writers? Union of Canada, a national organization dedicated to representing the interests of freelancers, as well as fiction writers, is calling on the government to reconsider the terms of this legislation. The current law ensures that educators at most Canadian schools, colleges and universities pay approximately 10 cents per page whenever they copy material. These funds are then sent to an organization called Access Copyright, which divides the total among the country?s publishers. If the new law comes into force, freelancers will no longer be entitled to these royalties for their articles and other publications. The Writer?s Union, as well as columnists at major publications such as the Toronto Star, have been strong and vocal critics of changes to the country?s copyright legislation. What the government refers to as ?fair dealing? is likened to tenants moving into the rooms of a house and refusing to pay rent. Some freelancers at the Writers? Union have compared it to expropriation. Freelancers point out that the average income of freelance writers in Canada now stands at $15,000 per year, which means that it is very difficult to rely only on writing for one?s total income. In contrast, many of the beneficiaries of the new copyright legislation make far more. Freelance columnist and novelist David Lewis Stein pointed out that both teachers and professors make far more comfortable salaries. Many experienced teachers earn $60,000, while tenured professors make $130,000 per year at over a dozen Canadian universities.]]>
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