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News | 05/28/2004 4:00 am EDT

In a move that has generated no small amount of controversy, former head of the Société professionnelle des auteurs et de compositeurs du Québec Francine Bertrand-Venne has been named a full-time member of the Copyright Board of Canada. Sources tell Canadian NEW MEDIA that the move is unusual in that she has been working on behalf of creators for seven years on one side of the users rights/creators rights debate. William Vancise, a Saskatchewan judge, has been named part-time chairman of the board, replacing John Gomery who has resigned his seat to head the inquiry into the Liberal party sponsorship scandal. Stephen Callary and Sylvie Charron were both reappointed to the board.

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