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Tuesday, 20 May 2014 12:32

Canadian Artists Beat National Gallery in Court Battle

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Last Spring, the Canadian Artists’ Representation (CARFAC) took to the Supreme Court following an eleven-year battle with the National Gallery of Canada to reach an agreement on copyright laws and artist fees. Now it looks as like it has landed an important victory. The collective — which serves Canadian artists much like a union, and calls itself “the national voice” of Canada’s professional artists — has been issued a unanimous decision from the bench that allows an appeal on behalf of artists.

Long battling the NGC, CARFAC regards this decision to represent a landmark victory. This appears especially true because the court typically takes two or three months to decide its ruling, but as the Ottawa Citizen notes, “the judges made their ruling for the artists within minutes of hearing arguments from both sides.”

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