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Statement by the Royal Canadian Mint

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO, September 13, 2012 – The Royal Canadian Mint has long supported the arts in Canada by working with talented artists on a daily basis, therefore we understand the challenges that artists such as Dave Gunning face.

The Mint's recent interaction with Mr. Gunning has brought attention to our current intellectual property policy. We now recognize that our policy as it is today may not consider the individual needs and circumstances of those who request to use our images.

As a result, the Mint has made the following two decisions. First, we will allow Mr. Gunning to use the image of the penny on subsequent reprints of his CD's artwork at no cost. We wish him the very best in his career.

Further, we understand that intellectual property rights in Canada help to promote creativity and innovation by protecting the rights of those involved in the creative process, whether they are artists, designers, writers or musicians.  For this reason, the Mint will assess our current intellectual property policy to determine if changes need to be made to ensure that it is being applied fairly on a case-by-case basis while protecting the interests of Canadians.

For more information, please contact:

Christine Aquino
Director, Communications
Royal Canadian Mint
Telephone: (613) 993-9999