Canadian Heritage will spend $2.7 million to develop online copyright clearing portals in conjunction with three organizations: Access Copyright (formerly CanCopy), COPIBEC and Alberta-based RightsMarket Inc. The funding will go toward a sophisticated new online system to facilitate access to and use of existing copyrighted works. Access Copyright will receive $962,889, COPIBEC $868,876 and RightsMarket $914,765. The funding is a second round for RightsMarket, which received $787,392 last winter to develop a prototype system for the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (CNM Update, March 13/02). That trial system is now up and running.
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