The Nova Scotia government has issued a statement in response to formal complaints made by the Canadian Publishers Council and others in the publishing industry regarding a tender awarded to a U.S. company to supply books to the province’s schools.
According to Halifax’s Chronicle Herald, the statement notes that the file is under review to ensure that no laws are broken.
As Q&Q reported earlier this week, there were several complaints objecting to the $347,440 contract being awarded to the New York-based Sussman Sales Company. It was alleged that the decision to award the contract to a U.S. company violates the federal Copyright Act.
The Herald quotes a government spokeswoman as saying, This situation is a very complex one involving copyright issues. Government has no intention of knowingly not meeting the Copyright Act.
Although the tender has been awarded to Sussman Sales, no purchases have been made yet.