New Robertson Settlement Deadline & Uxbridge Tour
1) Last year I blogged about visiting Viktor Tinkl's property and gallery during the Uxbridge studio tour - well that tour is on again and also features illustrator Tracy Walker! September 17th & 18th 2011.
2) Important Information Regarding the Second Heather Robertson Settlement
If you're a freelance illustrator, this message may affect you:
If you're a freelance author who wrote articles for any publications published by Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd., Rogers Publishers Limited or Canwest Publishing Inc., you may be eligible to make a claim under the second Heather Robertson settlement. (This is the second class action suit.)
The settlement is in relation to a class action lawsuit launched on behalf of freelancers by Heather Robertson against Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd., Rogers Publishing Limited, CEDROM-SNi Inc., ProQuest and CanWest Publishing Limited.
The settlement was approved on May 2, 2011 by Justice Carolyn Horkins of the Ontario Superior Court with a separate settlement being reached with CanWest Publishing Limited and approved by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on June 16, 2010.
The lawsuit alleged that the copyright of freelance authors who wrote articles and other pieces in publications published by Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd., Rogers Publishing Limited or Canwest Publishing Inc. was infringed when these works were subsequently disseminated in online databases without obtaining permission.
View the settlement approval notice in English
View the settlement approval notice in French
Any freelance illustrator who may have created works for any of the above organizations could potentially be covered by this settlement and be eligible for compensation. To see if any of your works are covered by this settlement, please click here to view the most up-to-date list of publications that apply to this settlement. Your local library may also have access to databases that can assist in searching to see if any of your articles qualify under this settlement.
The deadline to submit a settlement claim is Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. For more information on making a claim and to access the settlement claim form, please click here.
If you are covered by this settlement and wish to opt-out and not receive any compensation, please click here.
For more information on this settlement or if you have any questions about making a claim, please contact Koskie Minsky LLP by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-866-777-6343.
New Deadline in Google Settlement Proceedings: On July 19, U.S. District Court Judge Denny Chin held a status conference with Google, the Authors Guild and the American Association of Publishers to get an update on efforts to secure a new agreement after the Amended Google Settlement was rejected by Judge Chin earlier this year.
After expressing his frustration with the lack of progress on reaching a new agreement, Judge Chin gave all parties a deadline of September 15 to strike a new settlement to lawsuits launched against Google that alleged that its scanning/digitization of books for its Google Book Search program infringed copyright in the United States. The judge also speculated that if the deadline passes without without an agreement, the case could be headed to trial.