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Artists first

A necessary reminder that it’s the creators behind our stories who matter most Editor’s Note

BACK IN NOVEMBER, I attended an afternoon conference hosted by the Canadian Copyright Institute in a downtown law office with a dizzying but beautiful 53rd-floor view of the Toronto harbour. I was amazed by the turnout of approximately 70 people, representing various cultural industries whose members have been affected by declining royalties. CCI board chair Bill Harnum was also struck by the attendance, quipping that five years ago you couldn’t get people out, let alone fill a room, to talk about copyright. The issue has reached a crisis point, as the numbers demonstrate: licensing revenue for publishers and creators is down 91 per cent since 2012, representing a cumulative loss of $78 million.

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