Victory (or at least, a settlement) at last for every Canadian writer’s heroine, Heather Robertson, 67, who has been waging a legal battle since 1996 against the Globe and Mail (now CTVglobemedia Inc), Thomson Corp. (now Thomson Reuters Canada) and the Gale Group.
The issue was the newspaper’s electronic reprinting of Robertson’s (and thousands of other freelance writers’) articles, without permission or extra compensation.
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in Robertson’s favour in 2006, but it’s taken until May 5, 2009 (mark that date in your calendars!) for the defendants to finally settle the class-action lawsuit to the tune of $11 million. They have not, however, admitted any wrongdoing.
No word yet on how freelance writers whose work was also reproduced without permission can claim part of the settlement amount. Stay tuned for more info.