And why is this such a big thing for me? Not that I ever wrote much for The Gazette. Before the kids were born I wrote frequently for the Montreal Star, but when I started back in the freelance game it had folded. So I did a few things from The Gazette, and then the newspapers--along with many others--started its electronic rights grab. Without permission and compensation, freelancers articles were made available on-line. Eventually the Canadian Supreme Court (in a similar case brought by Heather Robertson against the Thomson chain) ruled that copyright belongs to writers, unless expressly conceded, whence comes the ERDC's settlement.
I was a bystander at the beginning of the case but for the last ten years or so, I've been closely involved. Takes a lot of mulish determination to see something like this through, and I'm proud to have been part of this persistent, perservering effort.