Industry Canada

Industry Canada

June 03, 2015 12:00 ET

Justice Robert A. Blair Appointed as Chair of the Copyright Board of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 3, 2015) - Industry Canada

Industry Minister James Moore today announced the appointment of Justice Robert A. Blair as Chair of the Copyright Board of Canada, effective immediately.

Mr. Justice Blair was appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario in November 2003, after serving for 12 years as a trial judge on the Superior Court. In both capacities, he has presided over matters involving almost all areas of the law, with a particular emphasis as a trial judge on cases on the Commercial List in Toronto and a continuing involvement with such cases at the appellate level.

The Copyright Board of Canada is an economic regulatory body empowered to establish, either mandatorily or at the request of an interested party, the royalties to be paid for the use of copyrighted works when the administration of such copyright is entrusted to a collective-administration society.


"I would like to welcome Justice Robert A. Blair in his new role as Chair of the Copyright Board of Canada. His considerable experience and knowledge will be of great value to the Board as it continues to oversee the administration of royalties and licences relating to copyright material."

- James Moore, Minister of Industry

"I am very honoured to be appointed chairman of the Copyright Board of Canada. The Board is a very important federal tribunal whose decisions affect the livelihood of the many Canadians involved in the creation, performance and reproduction of literary, artistic and musical works and sound recordings, and the users of those creative works. I am very excited about taking on this interesting new challenge and working with the tribunal members and staff in carrying out this role and achieving the Board's objectives."

- Justice Robert A. Blair

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    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Industry

    Media Relations
    Industry Canada