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A penny saved is a penny earned for N.S. folksinger

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OTTAWA -- The Royal Canadian Mint has backed down on its dispute with a Nova Scotia folksinger over his upcoming album's depiction of the penny.

The mint had told Dave Gunning he faced a royalty fee of $1,200 if he produced in excess of 2,000 albums because they contained images of the copper coin.

But Christine Aquino, a spokeswoman for the mint, says it no longer plans to charge him that fee.

Gunning, who's won multiple awards on the East Coast music scene, made national headlines this week when the mint said his soon-to-be released album infringed copyright.

The Pictou native said his album, titled No More Pennies, is meant as a tribute to the ubiquitous one-cent piece, which the mint will stop producing this fall.

In a statement, the mint says it will review its intellectual property policy after realizing it "may not consider the individual needs and circumstances" of those looking to use its images.

Gunning could not immediately be reached for comment, but Aquino says she spoke with the singer and he is "very happy" with the decision.

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 14, 2012 D2

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