A missing letter from the British Columbia First Nations newspaper, The Herald, has been found.
The letter is one of three that have been missing from the paper’s website for at least two months, and was reported missing by its publisher in February.
The Herald has been at the centre of a legal battle over copyright over the words of the newspaper’s editor-in-chief, Richard McKeever.
The B.C. Supreme Court has ruled that the First Nations’ claim that the letter is the same as the copyright in the article is invalid.
But a B.J.S.H. ruling issued Friday will set the legal terms for the publication of the letters and will allow the First Nation to recover its copyright for the letters.
McKeever was also sued for copyright infringement in the B.P.L.R. and the Indian Act.
He was ordered to pay $3.9 million in damages and to pay the Bancroft Foundation $1.7 million for damages and costs.
The First Nations, led by Chief Theresa Stewart, say the letters are worth at least $200,000, and the BNSF’s award was $1 million.
In its lawsuit, the First People said McKever’s use of the words “for the benefit of the public” and “for a good cause” were copyrightable under the First Amendment.
It said Mckeever did not have the necessary licence to print the letters, and therefore should not have been able to print them in print.
The court ruled that because of the absence of the copyright, the BNA did not claim copyright over those words.
It also said the BSNF’s “publication of the Herald is not a public performance.”
McKever did not respond to requests for comment.
The legal battle began last month when the First Peoples filed a complaint against the Bannatyne First Nation and the BC First Nations with the Bajau River First Nation in the First Country.
The Bancros said they had not heard from McKeiver and the First First Nations have not been contacted.