Hey, I originally posted this over in the Roundtable, and maybe it appeared too esoteric... but I'm still hoping someone might have some insight into this issue.
If you've heard about the Tasini vs NY Times case, that had to do with major conglomerates and publishers like the New York Times reselling freelance writers' work without paying them additional royalties. Tasini, the then head of the Writers Union, won the original case against the Times. Most of the work was resold as part of large content databases. There was then a negotiated settlement, if I understand correctly.
My first professional byline was in Canada, several years ago, but I'm American. It seems that article, published in one of the Southam chain papers, is being resold by a database website called Newscan.com, based in Montreal. I did not contract to sell more than First North American rights. The newspaper's own archive does not go back that far, but that doesn't mean they didn't resell it to Newscan.
Does anyone have any experience with this in Canada, know anything about how common these database issues are up north?