Tag Archives: Access Copyright

Copyright and the Modern Academic Debate Series

Copyright and the Modern Academic Debate Series 2014 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences – Brock University Copyright law is an increasingly contentious issue for Canadian academics in their roles as teachers, researchers, and creators. In a series of three debates, co-sponsored by Brock University Council for Research in the Social Sciences (CRISS) and […]


Upcoming talks on Copyright

I have a few upcoming talks in the month of January on copyright issues: January 16th, 4:00 p.m. “Copyright@Huron: Navigating the New Copyright Landscape” Huron College-Room W116 (1349 Western Rd. – London, Ontario) January 24th, 1:00 pm at Queens University (in Kingston, Ontario) January 30th, 9:05 am (part of panel on FIMS faculty research at […]

It’s the Labour Day Weekend … do you know where your school’s fair dealing guidelines are?

As Colleges and Universities across Canada are preparing for the start of a new academic year, it’s a good time to assess (or reassess) the state of copyright policies in our educational institutions.  It’s been over a year now since the Supreme Court’s pentalogy and the enactment of Bill C-11 adding “education” to the list […]

Objections to the Proposed Access Copyright Post-Secondary Tariff and its Progeny Licenses: A Working Paper

I have just completed an extensive research report entitled “Access Copyright Post-Secondary Tariff and its Progeny Licenses: A Working Paper.” My co-authors (Scott Armstrong and Brent Harasym) and I have decided to post the paper for open distribution on the Scholarship@Western website (UWO’s open access institutional repository). It is posted in the FIMS Library and […]

CARL members split on AUCC-AC Model License

While the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has itself been silent on the issue of the AUCC-Access Copyright Model License, most of their member institutions have not signed it to date. CARL membership is restricted to the major research libraries; there are 23 university library members outside of Quebec. So far only nine eleven […]

Reactions to SCC’s Copyright Pentalogy: News and Commentary

Here are the CanLII links to the 5 Supreme Court decisions of July 12th: Entertainment Software Assoc v. Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, 2012 SCC 34 Rogers Communications Inc. v. Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, 2012 SCC 35 Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada […]

Compilation of Annoucements for Institutions Opting-out of Model License

Here is a (partial) compilation of statements from institutions who have announced they are not signing on to the AUCC/ACCC-Access Copyright Model license: Simon Fraser University: <pending> University of Calgary: http://library.ucalgary.ca/copyright Niagara College: http://nclibraries.niagaracollege.ca/copyright Seneca College: http://seneca.libguides.com/copyright Humber College: http://www.humber.ca/news/copyright-update Royal Roads University: http://www.royalroads.ca/news-releases/royal-roads-opts-out-access-copyright-agreement University of Saskatchewan: http://www.usask.ca/copyright/news/model-license-decision.php&#8221; University of Northern British Columbia: https://library.unbc.ca/files/2012/06/June-29-announcement.pdf University of […]

Once again, Linking is NOT unauthorized copying

When Access Copyright included “linking” or “hyperlinking” in its definition of “copy” in its tariff application back in 2010, the provision became one of the most notable lightning rods of opposition for the proposed tariff; a paradigm example of over-reaching. After all, Section 3 of the Copyright Act, which sets forward the full and complete list […]

Some Background Docs on the Model License

Over the next two weeks, we will likely be seeing several new releases about the adoption or rejection of the AUCC/ACCC — Access Copyright Model License on campuses across Canada. To date, we’ve seen only a handful of announcements (an ongoing compilation of updates is maintained by Ariel Katz at http://arielkatz.org/archives/1803). These announcements will likely […]

Looking past the gloss: What does the Model License really say about monitoring and reporting?

One of the recurring issues that seems to keep coming up is the extent to which the AUCC-Access Copyright Model License satisfactorily addresses the concerns raised with the proposed tariff with respect to monitoring, surveying, privacy and more generally the effect of these clauses on academic freedom. As we are getting closer to the end […]