Access Copyright, Canada's copyright licensing agency has awarded $100,000 to Canadian artists and arts organizations through the Access Copyright Foundation. The foundation exists thanks to an initial $3 million grant from the licensing agency. The money for the foundation comes directly from copyright licensing revenue, and will be topped up annually with 1.5% of the agency's licensing revenues.
Some of the projects on the initial recipient list:
Owlkids Canada -- $7,000 for research on ways to engage reluctant readers.
Editors’ Association of Canada -- $5,000 for an online guide to editing Canadian English.
University of British Columbia Press -- $5,000 for an Aboriginal-language Web portal.
Thanks Captain Copyright! You do good work.
Of course, ideological opponents of collective licensing will still attack Access Copyright for daring to collect valid licensing revenue and distributing it responsibly. I wonder what those folks have against university presses, kids' books and quality editing?