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The Writers’ Union of Canada, representing 2,300 members, has sent a letter to Parliament requesting copyright law protections for Canadian authors against generative artificial intelligence (AI) services. The union argues that AI companies are profiting from authors’ hard work without proper compensation.
In a clearly worded statement released on July 13, Book Publishers Association of Alberta executive director Kieran Leblanc addressed the federal government directly about the problems that have been plaguing creative industries for the past decade and now threaten the viability of the Access Copyright: “We are at the end of the road, here. We need you to act. We need you to fix the Copyright Act immediately, before we reach a place of no return.”
The Government of Yukon and the Canada Council for the Arts are pleased to announce the creation and implementation of a new partnership initiative to support Yukon's emerging Indigenous artists and cultural carriers. The Canada Council is partnering with the Government of Yukon to distribute $50,000 in funding to artists in the first year and $150,000 in the second year.
Outgoing Canada Council Director and CEO Simon Brault and Director of the Creating, Knowing, and Sharing program Odile Joannette share their thoughts on work done further to the publishing of Research on the Value of Public Funding for Indigenous Arts and Cultures, 2022.
This post contains an analysis of the number of workers in the arts, culture, and heritage in Canada, including the largest cultural occupation groups and comparisons with other sectors of the economy.
A Final Blog Post from Simon Brault, Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts