National Gallery not obliged to bargain minimum payment to artists (Federal Court of Appeal)

A recent decision of the Federal Court of Appeal overturned a decision by the Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal.  A majority of the court held  that the refusal of the National Gallery to discuss minimum compensation to artists did not constitute bad faith bargaining on the part of the Gallery, as the imposition of minimum fees for use of existing works fell within the sphere of copyright, and not within the scope of negotiable terms as defined by the Status of the Artist Act.

The case, found at this link, was argued by David Yazbeck and Wassim Garzouzi of our firm:  http://decisions.fca-caf.gc.ca/en/2013/2013fca64/2013fca64.html