Since 1986, authors in Canada have been compensated for the collection of their books in public libraries across the country. Canada’s Public Lending Right is one of the writing sector’s great public policy wins. It is also the envy of much of the writing world. The only such system in the Americas, Canada’s PLR has been responsible for tens of millions of dollars in payments to deserving authors over the decades. A panel of international experts on Public Lending Right systems around the globe will discuss the challenges to these systems from government austerity, the rise of e-books, and the overall volume of books collected by libraries. Is PLR a victim of its own success, and what can be done to fix it?
- María Fernanda Mendoza, International Consultant and former General Manager, Mexican Center for the Protection and Promotion of Authors' Rights (CeMPro)
- Beatriz Hausner, Chair of Canada’s Public Lending Right Commission, author, and librarian (Moderator)
- Mette Møller, Secretary-General of the Norwegian Authors Union
- James Parker, Coordinator, International PLR Network
- Arjen Polman, Head of Stichting Leenricht, The Netherlands
- Paul Whitney, former City Librarian for the Vancouver Public Library
Venue: Harbourfront Centre Theatre