To Our Members and Allies:
Since 2014, you have helped us fulfill our mission to advance the interests of authors who want to make the world a fairer and more just place by sharing their creations with wide audiences.
This year, we continued to advocate for laws and practices that empower authors to decide how their works are disseminated. We successfully pushed the Supreme Court of Canada to recognize the interests of authors who prioritize seeing their works reach broad audiences and contributing to the progress of knowledge, secured a new exemption to anti-circumvention laws that will enable groundbreaking text data mining research on e-books and films, provided input to shape regulations that will govern the new copyright small claims procedure, and much more.
We’ve also added to our suite of educational materials, with a new guide to securing permissions and a comprehensive FAQ on copyright ownership and online course materials. And we openly released a suite of resources that scholarly communications and library professionals can deploy to help faculty, researchers, and students understand and manage their rights throughout their careers. We created these resources to support you, and it is our hope that these will be useful to you in meeting your goals as an author.
We’re incredibly proud of our many accomplishments in 2021, and cannot wait for our members to see what we have in store for 2022. You can expect to see yet another brand new guide, blog posts on the latest news affecting authors, and a strong advocacy agenda. But we cannot continue to do this work without your continued support. As a small organization, we depend on donations from our members and allies to do the important work of advocating for and supporting your interests. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today to help us carry on our work in 2022. Every contribution enables us to do our part to help you keep writing to be read!